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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Committee Member

Russell T. Hurlburt

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This study employed the Descriptive Experience Sampling method to investigate the inner experiences of three individuals with symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and one non-OCD-symptom participant. Participants were provided with a random-interval generator (beeper) and were asked to "freeze" the aspects of their inner experience at the moment of the beep and record this experience in a notebook. Participants met with the investigators within 24 hours to discuss each of these sampled moments in detail. Salient characteristics were identified for each participant. Characteristics of inner experience were found to be shared across subjects: OCD-symptom participants were found to have a higher frequency of unsymbolized thinking and feelings, and a lower frequency of inner speech than normal participants. Additionally, participants were often able to localize the characteristics of their inner experience in some specific location in their heads. Results of sampling did not find any frequently recurring thoughts, impulses, or images.


Compulsive; Descriptive; Disorder; Experience; Individuals; Obsessive; Sampling; Symptoms

Controlled Subject

Clinical psychology; Cognitive psychology

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2.94 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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