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How do people with hoarding difficulties remember things?

14 October 2019

We know that memory can impact upon our emotional wellbeing. Research has shown that people with particular mental health difficulties can have particular ways of remembering. No research has studied whether similar patterns of recalling events are experienced by people with Hoarding Difficulties or not. This study aims to find out more about how people with hoarding difficulties process their memories to ultimately improve treatment approaches.


  • Over the age of 18
  • People with hoarding difficulties
  • People who experience obsessions and compulsions/OCD
  • People with no current mental health difficulties
  • Some people feel that they have both OCD and difficulties with hoarding. You can still be part of this study if this is your experience. You will be asked near the beginning of the study which of these difficulties you currently feel is most impacting on you.

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the University of Bath Psychology Ethics Committee (Reference Number: 18-336).

About the researcher

My name is Sarah Densham and I am a Clinical Psychologist in Training at the University of Bath, UK. This project is supervised by Dr James Gregory (Clinical Psychologist and Lecture, University of Bath, UK).

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