Functional impulsivity and reinforcement sensitivity theory

Smillie, Luke D. and Jackson, Chris J. (2006) Functional impulsivity and reinforcement sensitivity theory. Journal of Personality, 74 1: 47-83. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.2005.00369.x

Author Smillie, Luke D.
Jackson, Chris J.
Title Functional impulsivity and reinforcement sensitivity theory
Journal name Journal of Personality   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-3506
Publication date 2006-02
Year available 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2005.00369.x
Volume 74
Issue 1
Start page 47
End page 83
Total pages 37
Editor H. Tennen
Place of publication Malden, MA, U.S.A.
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
380104 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Sciences
Formatted abstract
In this article, we attempt to integrate Dickman's (1990) descriptive concept of Functional Impulsivity (FI) with Gray's (1970, 1991) Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory (RST). Specifically, we consider that FI bears great conceptual similarity to Gray's concept of reward-reactivity, which is thought to be caused by the combined effects of a Behavioral Activation System (BAS) and Behavioral Inhibition System (BIS). In our first study, we examine the construct validity and structural correlates of FI. Results indicate that FI is related positively to measures of BAS and Extraversion, negatively to measures of BIS and Neuroticism, and is separate from Psychoticism and typical trait Impulsivity, which Dickman calls Dysfunctional Impulsivity (DI). In our second study, we use a go/no-go discrimination task to examine the relationship between FI and response bias under conditions of rewarding and punishing feedback. Results indicate that FI, along with two measures of BAS, predicted the development of a response bias for the rewarded alternative. In comparison, high DI appeared to reflect indifference toward either reward or punishment. We consider how these findings might reconcile the perspectives of Gray and Dickman and help clarify the broader understanding of Impulsivity.
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Keyword Psychology, Social
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Personality questionnaire
Behavioral activation
Joint subsystems
Grays anxiety
BAS measures
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes Published Online: 15 Nov 2005.

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