Decision Making and Cognitive Behavioral Flexibility in a OCD Sample: a Study in a Virtual Environment

Giuseppe Riva, Filippo La Paglia, Caterina La Cascia, Rosalinda Rizzo, Daniele La Barbera

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Abstract

Neuropsychological disorders are common in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) patients. Executive functions, verbal fluency and verbal memory, shifting attention from one aspect of stimuli to others, mental flexibility, engaging in executive planning and decision making, are the most involved cognitive domains. We focus on two aspects of neuropsychological function: decision making and cognitive behavioral flexibility, assessed through a virtual version of the Multiple Errand Test (V-MET), developed using the NeuroVR software. Thirty OCD patients were compared with thirty matched control subjects. The results showed the presence of difficulties in OCD patients with tasks where the goal is not clear, the information is incomplete or the parameters are ill-defined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-57
Number of pages5
JournalAnnual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine
Volume13
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Decision Making, Cognitive Behavioral Flexibility, Virtual Reality, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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