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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 4 (1991), Issue 2, Pages 113-119

Neurobehavioural Correlates of Abnormal Repetitive Behaviour

R. A. Ford

Springfield Hospital Glenburnie Road, London SW17, UK

Copyright © 1991 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Conditions in which echolalia and echopraxia occur are reviewed, followed by an attempt to elicit possible mechanisms of these phenomena. A brief description of stereotypical and perseverative behaviour and obsessional phenomena is given. It is suggested that abnormal repetitive behaviour may occur partly as a result of central dopaminergic dysfunction.