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Choice Blindness, Confabulatory Introspection, and Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms: A New Area of Investigation
Uppsala University, The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (SCASSS).
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2014 (English)In: International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, ISSN 1937-1209, Vol. 7, no 1, 83-102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The current study is the first to investigate confabulatory introspection in relation to clinical psychological symptoms utilizing the Choice Blindness Paradigm (CBP). It was hypothesized that those with obsessive-compulsive symptoms are more likely to confabulate mental states. To test this hypothesis, an experimental choice blindness task was administered in two nonclinical samples (n = 47; n = 76). Results showed that a confabulatory introspection is significantly related to obsessive-compulsive symptoms. There was evidence for its specificity to symptoms of OCD depending on the obsessional theme addressed in the choice blindness task. However, confabulatory introspection was also found to be relevant to other symptoms, including depression and schizotypy. The results highlight a potentially fruitful new area of clinical investigation in the area of insight and self-knowledge, not limited to OCD alone, but potentially other disorders as well.

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2014. Vol. 7, no 1, 83-102 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-223540ISI: 000333231200006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-223540DiVA: diva2:713591
Available from: 2014-04-23 Created: 2014-04-22 Last updated: 2014-04-23Bibliographically approved

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