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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 6, Issue 3, Pages 119-122

Memory Functioning in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

M. Abbruzzese,1,2 L. Bellodi,1 S. Ferri,1 and S. Scarone1

1Psychiatric Branch, Department of Biomedical and Technological Sciences, University of Milan Medical School and Istituto Scientifico H.S. Raffaele, Milan, Italy
2Psychiatric Branch, Department of Biomedical and Technological Sciences, Istituto Scientifico H.S. Raffaele, via Prinetti 29, 20127 Milano, Italy

Copyright © 1993 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.


A number of studies have reported neuropsychological deficits in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). These have mainly implicated frontal or temporal dysfunction. In this study, we compared the performances of OCD patients and normal subjects using a factorial interpretation of the Wechsler Memory Scale. Our results do not demonstrate significant memory impairment in OCD patients but point to the possibility of frontal lobe dysfunction as a factor in the pathophysiology of OCD.