Neuroscience & Psychology Postgraduate Society Seminars

Trichotillomania: something to be ashamed of?

Trichotillomania (TTM) is a disorder characterised by the overwhelming urge to pull out one?s own hair. TTM sufferers often experience shame and embarrassment as they strive to conceal the hair loss resulting from the irresistible urge to pull. Extensive evidence has consistently indicated the existence of a strong attentional bias in anxiety related and addictive disorders. In this talk, I will present a study investigating attentional bias to shame words in a sample of TTM sufferers using a remote online Stroop. The results aim to provide a more comprehensive understanding of some of the cognitive mechanisms underlying TTM, with a view to further investigating how such mechanisms might have a governing role in the maintenance of this hairpulling condition.