Poster D22, Monday, March 27, 8:00 – 10:00 am, Pacific Concourse
The role of reward and punishment motivation in attention: an ERP investigation
Arzu Ozkan Ceylan1, Xiaoqian Yu2, Justin Burgess2, Geoffrey F. Potts2; 1Hacettepe University Department of Psychology, 2University of South Florida Department of Psychology
The aim of the current study was to examine the role of reward and punishment motivation on attention assessed using ERN and Pe components. In the first phase of the study, data were collected from undergraduates (n = 663) using Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Self-Report Scale (ASRS). Of these participants, 61 volunteered to participate in the second phase of the study in which we used a modified version of the Eriksen Flanker Task to assess attention, the effects of reward, and punishment motivation. Results of the study showed that the relationships between inattention scores of the participants with the Pe component when the response was error for reward motivated trials (r = -.28), and with loss aversion score (r = -.35) were significant. This second result indicated that the higher the inattention score, the smaller the difference between the punishment and reward for Pe. Furthermore, we divided participants into high and low inattention groups based on the median value of the ASRS inattention subscale. 2 (Group) x 2 (Motivation) ANOVAs on Error Pe and Error-Correct difference Pe showed that the interaction effect was significant on both analyses. Contrary to our expectations, the findings demonstrated the importance of Pe rather than ERN. This research was supported by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK).
Topic Area: EMOTION & SOCIAL: Emotion-cognition interactions