Decision Making and Cognitive Behavioral Flexibility in a OCD Sample: A Study in a Virtual Environment

Filippo La Paglia, Caterina La Cascia, Rosalinda Rizzo, Giuseppe Riva, Daniele La Barbera

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Neuropsychological disorders are common in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) patients. Executive functions, verbal fluency and verbal memory, shifting attention from one aspect of stimuli to others, mental flexibility, engaging in executive planning and decision making, are the most involved cognitive domains. We focus on two aspects of neuropsychological function: decision making and cognitive behavioral flexibility, assessed through a virtual version of the Multiple Errand Test (V-MET), developed using the NeuroVR software. Thirty OCD patients were compared with thirty matched control subjects. The results showed the presence of difficulties in OCD patients with tasks where the goal is not clear, the information is incomplete or the parameters are ill-defined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine 2015: Virtual Reality in Healthcare: Medical Simulation and Experiential Interface
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781614995944
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)09269630
ISSN (Electronic)18798365


  • cognitive behavioral flexibility
  • decision making
  • neuropsychological assessment
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Virtual Multiple Errands Test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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