2. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as a special type of habit

Professor Ann Graybiel at MIT has been exploring the role of the brain's basal ganglia in learning. Parts of this brain structure also provide learning-related functions such as reward responses. Research has shown that damage to the basal ganglia can result in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This may also wind up identifying new ways to treat OCD.

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