Journal article

Abnormalities of internally generated saccades in obsessive-compulsive disorder

P Maruff, R Purcell, P Tyler, C Pantelis, J Currie

PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 1999

Abstract

BACKGROUND: We aimed to utilize tests of saccadic function to investigate whether cognitive abnormalities in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) arise from a dysfunction of inhibitory processes or whether they reflect a more general difficulty in guiding behaviour on the basis of an internal representation of task goal. METHODS: Twelve patients with OCD and 12 matched controls performed a visually-guided saccade task, a volitional prosaccade task and an antisaccade task. The latency and gain of saccades was compared between groups for the three saccade tasks. The number of antisaccade errors was also calculated and compared between groups. RESULTS: There was no difference for antisaccade err..

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