Electrophysiological indices of feedback processing

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Christie, Gregory J
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Neuroscience, 2010
All sentient organisms use contextual information to assess the amount of reward associated with a particular behavior. Human beings have arguably evolved the most sophisticated of these mechanisms and are capable of integrating information over a long duration of time to accurately assess the expected outcome of a chosen action. This thesis used electroencephalography (EEG) to measure how the human brain processes rewarding and punishing feedback in a gambling-type game with variable risk and reward. Experiment 1 determined that phase-locked (evoked) and non-phase-locked (induced) electroencephalographic activity share only partially overlapping generators in human mediofrontal cortex. Experiment 2 determined that the magnitude of certain evoked EEG components during reward processing tracked subsequent changes in bets placed in the next round. These results extend the body of literature by assessing the overlap between induced and evoked EEG components and the role of evoked activity in affecting future decision making.
xii, 76 leaves : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Motivation (Psychology) -- Physiological aspects , Reward (Psychology) , Feedback (Psychology) , Electroencephalography , Decision making , Dissertations, Academic