- the act or process of perseverating.
- Psychiatry. the pathological, persistent repetition of a word, gesture, or act, often associated with brain damage or schizophrenia.
Origin of perseveration
Examples from the Web for perseveration
Stereotypy and perseveration are other evidences of this narrowness of thought content.
In the foreground stands a strong tendency to perseveration.
These are plainly reactions of the path of least resistance or, in these instances, of perseveration.
This again makes it a case of perseveration of the sort stressed by Meringer, but of a longer duration.
It is therefore really to be designated as perseveration, but not necessarily as the perseveration of spoken words.
- the tendency for an impression, idea, or feeling to dissipate only slowly and to recur during subsequent experiences
- an inability to change one's method of working when transferred from one task to another
Word Origin and History for perseveration
early 15c., "duration, quality of persisting; will to persevere," from Old French perseveracion "persistence, stubbornness" (13c.) and directly, from Latin perseverationem (nominative perseveratio), noun of action from past participle stem of perseverare (see persevere). Psychological sense (1915) is from German.
- 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 organic disorder.
- The tendency to continue or repeat an act or activity after the cessation of the original stimulus.