Behavioral and cognitive impulsivity in obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders

Christina Lynn Boisseau*, Heather Thompson-Brenner, Catherine Caldwell-Harris, Elizabeth Pratt, Todd Farchione, David Harrison Barlow

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This study compared self-reported impulsivity and neurocognitively assessed response inhibition in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorder (ED), and healthy control participants. Participants completed the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11), stop-signal reaction time task, and measures of OCD and ED symptomatology (Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale and Eating Disorders Examination-Questionnaire). Compared to controls, both clinical groups reported higher levels of impulsivity on the BIS-11 however; only the OCD demonstrated increased stop-signal reaction time. Heightened levels of self-reported impulsivity may reflect the experience of anxiety in both OCD and ED populations whereas a lack of inhibitory control may represent a specific behavioral deficit in OCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1062-1066
Number of pages5
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Dec 30 2012


  • Anxiety
  • Inhibition
  • Neuropsychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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