Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Pathology of Self-Confidence?

Julian Kiverstein*, Erik Rietveld, Heleen A. Slagter, Damiaan Denys

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A striking change OCD patients repeatedly describe following treatment with deep brain stimulation (DBS)of the ventral anterior limb of internal capsule (vALIC)is an immediate increase in self-confidence. We show how the DBS-induced changes in self-confidence reported by our patients can be understood neurocognitively in terms of active inference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-372
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in cognitive sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


  • active inference
  • affordances
  • anxiety
  • deep brain stimulation
  • field of affordances
  • OCD
  • precision estimation
  • self-confidence
  • ventral striatum


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