Not Just Right Experiences: Association with Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms and Sensory Over-Responsivity

Ayelet Ben-Sasson, Noam Dickstein, Liraz Lazarovich, Noga Ayalon

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Individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder describe “not just right experiences” as a constant uncomfortable feeling of imperfection toward sensory stimuli. This study examined the relation between “not just right experiences,” obsessive-compulsive disorder and sensory over-responsivity symptoms. Sixty college students participated in the in vivo “not just right experiences” assessment. This included four tasks for which participants rated pre-task discomfort, post-task discomfort, and urge to counteract auditory, visual, and tactile stimuli. “Not just right experiences” scores significantly correlated with obsessive-compulsive disorder scores. Tactile, auditory, and visual sensory over-responsivity scores were correlated with specific “not just right experiences” scores. Sensory over-responsivity is rarely addressed in obsessive-compulsive disorder while it contributes to symptomatology and participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-234
Number of pages18
JournalOccupational Therapy in Mental Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2017

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  • Assessment
  • OCD
  • not just right experience
  • sensory over-responsivity
  • sensory urge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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