Ritualized behavior in animals and humans: Time, space, and attention

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A study of the organization of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) rituals in time and space illuminates a postulated mechanism on shifting focus in action parsing, from mid-ranged actions to finer movements (gestures). Performance of OCD rituals also involves high concentration rather than the automated, less attended performance of rituals in normal and stereotyped behaviors in animals and humans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)616-617
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2006


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