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Investigating how we Categorise our Possessions

28 April 2017

We would like to invite you to consider participating in a research study that aims to develop our understanding of categorisation in people who hoard.

Some people have profound difficulty in letting go of valued possessions. This difficulty can lead to rooms becoming disorganised over time so that the space is no longer useable nor recognisable. This can be referred to as a hoarding problem.
Please note that the second part of this study will involve a testing session at Bath University


  • We are looking for two groups of individuals:
  • - People with Hoarding Difficulties
  • - People without any hoarding problems, organic brain injury or neurological disorder, or a past/current diagnosis of psychosis, bipolar disorder or current substance dependence.
  • 18+
  • People must be over 18 and living in the UK to take part.

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the University of Bath Psychology Ethics Committee (Reference Number: 16-324).

About the researcher

My name is Alice Kilvert and I completing this research as part of Doctorate Training to become a Clinical Psychologist. I have developed this study with Dr James Gregory (Clinical Psychologist) with specialist research interest and experience in Hoarding Difficulties).

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