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dc.contributor.authorJenkinson, P.
dc.contributor.authorBaker, S.R.
dc.contributor.authorEdelstyn, N.M.J.
dc.contributor.authorEllis, S.J.
dc.date.accessioned2011-04-07T11:27:04Z
dc.date.available2011-04-07T11:27:04Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.citationJenkinson , P , Baker , S R , Edelstyn , N M J & Ellis , S J 2008 , ' Does autonomic arousal distinguish good and bad decisions? Healthy individuals’ skin conductance reactivity during the Iowa Gambling Task ' , Journal of Psychophysiology , vol. 22 , no. 3 , pp. 141-149 . https://doi.org/10.1027/0269-8803.22.3.141
dc.identifier.issn0269-8803
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 196227
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 5436115e-5e76-408f-87ab-418d054e307d
dc.identifier.otherdspace: 2299/5578
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 65549113371
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-6887-0457/work/32418419
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/5578
dc.descriptionOriginal article can be found at: http://psycontent.metapress.com/ Copyright Hogrefe & Huber
dc.description.abstractThe Somatic Marker Hypothesis (SMH) proposes that physiological feedback to the brain influences cognitive appraisal and decision-making; however, the strength of evidence in support of the SMH is equivocal. In this study we examined the validity of the SMH by measuring physiological arousal in a population of healthy individuals playing the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT); a computerised card game designed to assess real-life decisionmaking. We also aimed to clarify uncertainty regarding the influence of reinforcer type and impulsiveness to IGT performance and the SMH. Skin conductance level (SCL) and heart rate reactivity were measured in forty-one participants performing the IGT using either facsimile or real money. Participants were categorised as non-impaired or impaired on the basis of their IGT performance, and any differences in performance and physiological between groups were examined. Heart rate data did not reveal any effects. Robust differences in SCL reactivity during the task were not found between impaired and nonimpaired individuals; however, marginal SCL rises were observed when non-impaired individuals anticipated and received a reward from disadvantageous choices compared with advantageous ones. This effect was found only when using facsimile money and did not occur in impaired individuals, suggesting some effect of reinforcer type on physiological activity and performance, and a difference in the physiology of impaired and non-impaired individuals. No significant differences in impulsiveness were found between impaired and non-impaired individuals. The findings suggest that autonomic activity is independent of long-term good or bad decision-making, and may reflect differences between decks in the magnitude of gain and loss. It is concluded that further substantiating evidence is needed for the SMH to continue as an explanation for human decision-making.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Psychophysiology
dc.subjectsomatic marker hypothesis
dc.subjectIowa gambling task
dc.subjectskin conductance
dc.subjectheart rate
dc.subjecthealthy volunteers
dc.subjectdecision-making
dc.titleDoes autonomic arousal distinguish good and bad decisions? Healthy individuals’ skin conductance reactivity during the Iowa Gambling Tasken
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Psychology
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
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