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Volume 24 Issue 2 (May 1985), Pages 73-144

Allocation of attention in obsessional disorder (pages 101-107)

It is suggested that obsessional disorders may be usefully described as a breakdown of cognitive control processes. Groups of obsessional, anxious and normal subjects were therefore tested on a task involving varying levels of attention, performed under normal and stressed conditions. Results provide some support for the hypothesis of attention failure under stress, but do not confirm that this is due to an underlying difference in the way obsessionals allocate attention.

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