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Perseveration is a thought disorder

There are a number of relevent meanings related to the tendency for thoughts, feelings or behavior to persist in a way which is unhelpful:

  • Uncontrollable repetition of a particular response, such as a word, phrase, or gesture, despite the absence or cessation of a stimulus, usually caused by brain injury or other neurological disorder.
  • The tendency for a memory or idea to be maintained without any obvious stimulus for it. This implies internal mechanisms for the persistence of the phenomena (eg defence mechanism) and usually carries a negative connotation.

Several researchers have tried to connect perseveration with a lack of inhibition; however, this connection could not be found, or was small.[1][2]

See also


  1. Zelazo PD, Müller U, Frye D, et al (2003). The development of executive function in early childhood. Monogr Soc Res Child Dev 68 (3): vii–137.
  2. Sharon T, DeLoache JS (May 2003). The role of perseveration in children's symbolic understanding and skill. Developmental Sci 6 (3): 289–96.

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