Categorisation of Hoarding

The University of Bath are currently looking to understand the categorisation of hoarding by conducting some research into the subject. Compulsive Hoarding affects between 1.5-6% of the population. We know that hoarding has a considerable impact on not just the individual but on their immediate (family, friends and neighbours) and wider societal system. Treatment success can be very variable.

Individuals with Hoarding difficulties have been proposed to have difficulties in categorising objects. This study seeks to explore this further through asking participants to complete a series of different categorisation tasks. Having a clearer understanding of categorisation in hoarding will hopefully inform our theoretical understanding of hoarding as well as help inform psychological treatments for this population.

They are currently looking for two groups who can help them with the research:

  • Those with hoarding difficulties
  • People without any hoarding problems or any other psychological difficulties currently

You must be over 18 and living in the UK to take part.

Take a look at the article below to find out more about this research and whether or not you would like to get involved in it:



Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at for help.

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