Review of Philosophy and Psychology

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 363–380 | Cite as

The Sense of Agency in OCD

  • Judit SzalaiEmail author


This paper proposes an integrated account of the etiology of OCD that accommodates both dysfunctional cognitions and sensorimotor features of compulsive action. It is argued that cognitive/metacognitive theories do not aspire to address all obsessive-compulsive phenomenal properties and that empirical evidence concerning some of these requires the incorporation of motor deficits as an independent factor in a plausible conception of OCD. The difference in agency attribution between obsessive-compulsive persons and schizophrenia patients with delusions of control is also accounted for in terms of bottom-up processes.



The writing of this paper was funded by Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA) project no. 120375.


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  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyEötvös Loránd University of SciencesBudapestHungary

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