publication . Other literature type . Article . 2008

Better or worse than expected? Aging, learning, and the ERN

Ben Eppinger; Jutta Kray; Barbara Mock; Axel Mecklinger;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2008
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
Abstract This study examined age differences in error processing and reinforcement learning. We were interested in whether the electrophysiological correlates of error processing, the error-related negativity (ERN) and the feedback-related negativity (FRN), reflect learning-related changes in younger and older adults. To do so, we applied a probabilistic learning task in which we manipulated the validity of feedback. The results of our study showed that learning-related changes were much more pronounced (a) in a response-locked positivity for correct trials compared to the ERN and (b) in a feedback-locked positivity for positive feedback compared to the FRN. The...
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free text keywords: Psychology, Behavioral neuroscience, Developmental psychology, Reinforcement, Cognition, Affect (psychology), Cognitive psychology, Error-related negativity, Correlation, Reinforcement learning, Negative feedback
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publication . Other literature type . Article . 2008

Better or worse than expected? Aging, learning, and the ERN

Ben Eppinger; Jutta Kray; Barbara Mock; Axel Mecklinger;