Dr George Vousden
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a multifaced condition affecting approximately 12 in 1000 individuals. Using sophisticated behavioural tools in rodents we can attempt to recapitulate behaviours that contribute toward aspects of OCD, with the focus of my research being checking behaviour. Whilst initially adaptive, checking can become excessive and habitual, preventing individuals with OCD from carrying activities of daily life. My work investigates the factors that lead to development of both functional and dysfunctional checking behaviours, a better understanding of which may be used to inform future treatments for OCD.