Rituals, stereotypy and compulsive behavior in animals and humans

@article{Eilam2006RitualsSA,
  title={Rituals, stereotypy and compulsive behavior in animals and humans},
  author={David Eilam and Rama Zor and Henry Szechtman and Haggai Hermesh},
  journal={Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews},
  year={2006},
  volume={30},
  pages={456-471}
}
From a survey of the behavior of animals in the wild, in captivity, under the influence of psychoactive drugs and in a model of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), we identify that the behavioral repertoire invariably includes motor rituals, and that such rituals are performed at a few specific locations/objects in the environment with an orderly transition amongst locations/objects. The concept and parameters of this stable organization of rituals in time and space were used to analyze… CONTINUE READING
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