A cognitive examination of compulsive checkers' working memory and inhibitory performance

Harkin, Ben (2012) A cognitive examination of compulsive checkers' working memory and inhibitory performance. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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n Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) with 50-80% of patients (Antony, Downie, &
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rder (OCD) with 50-80% of patients (Antony, Downie, & Swinson, 1998; Henderson &
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atients (Antony, Downie, & Swinson, 1998; Henderson & Pollard, 1988; Rasmussen &
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that checking actually impairs the memory of those items checked (van den Hout &
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expected, misleading probes specifically (Exp. 1, 2, extreme meta-comparison 3 &
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sleading probes specifically (Exp. 1, 2, extreme meta-comparison 3 & 9; Harkin &
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reme meta-comparison 3 & 9; Harkin & Kessler, 2009; 2011a; Harkin, Rutherford, &
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Rutherford, & Kessler, 2011) and intermediate probes generally (Exp. 4; Harkin &
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more unnecessary eye movements specifically to empty locations (Exp. 5; Harkin &
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 were impaired in inhibiting attention to threatening ‘ON’ states (Tasks 6 &
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ed in inhibiting attention to threatening ‘ON’ states (Tasks 6 & 7; Harkin &
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 recall if an appliance was ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’ (Exp. 8; Harkin, Rutherford, &
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 (EBL) to explain otherwise discrepant findings from 58 memory studies (Harkin &
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Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Checking, Obsessive-Complsive Disorder, Working Memory, Episodic Buffer, Binding, Systematic Classiffication System of Memory Impairments in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Supervisor's Name: Kessler, Dr. Klaus
Date of Award: 2012
Depositing User: Dr Ben Harkin
Unique ID: glathesis:2012-3336
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 10 May 2012
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 14:06
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/3336

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