Study Looks into Hoarding on a Neurological Perspective

While hoarding disorder (HD) has been speculated as a symptom for other psychological conditions, such as OCD and dementia, a recent study led by David Tolin of the Institute of Living, Hartford, Connecticut suggests that the former actually exists in its own right.

In an article from Nursing World Nigeria, it was reported that Tolin used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure brain activity when decisions had to be made about whether to keep or discard possessions. He learned that a particular brain region becomes overactive when hoarders are asked to dispose of their own possessions, but is under-active when they are asked what to do about items not belonging to them.

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