Characteristics of memory dysfunction in body dysmorphic disorder

Thilo Deckersbach, Cary R. Savage, Katharine A. Phillips, Sabine Wilhelm, Ulrike Buhlmann, Scott L. Rauch, Lee Baer, Michael A. Jenike

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

147 Scopus citations


Although body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is receiving increasing empirical attention, very little is known about neuropsychological deficits in this disorder. The current study investigated the nature of memory dysfunction in BDD, including the relationship between encoding strategies and verbal and nonverbal memory performance. We evaluated 17 patients with BDD and 17 healthy controls using the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test (RCFT) and the California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT). BDD patients differed significantly from healthy controls on verbal and nonverbal learning and memory indices. Multiple regression analyses revealed that group differences in free recall were statistically mediated by deficits in organizational strategies in the BDD cohort. These findings are similar to patterns previously observed in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), suggesting a potential relationship between OCD and BDD. Studies in both groups have shown that verbal and nonverbal memory deficits are affected by impaired strategic processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)673-681
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the International Neuropsychological Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Dysmorphophobia
  • Executive functioning
  • Memory
  • Neuropsychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Characteristics of memory dysfunction in body dysmorphic disorder'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this