Impulsivity and reversal learning in hazardous alcohol use

Gullo, Matthew J., Jackson, Chris J. and Dawe, Sharon (2010) Impulsivity and reversal learning in hazardous alcohol use. Personality and Individual Differences, 48 2: 123-127. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2009.09.006

Author Gullo, Matthew J.
Jackson, Chris J.
Dawe, Sharon
Title Impulsivity and reversal learning in hazardous alcohol use
Journal name Personality and Individual Differences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0191-8869
Publication date 2010-01-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2009.09.006
Volume 48
Issue 2
Start page 123
End page 127
Total pages 5
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Abstract Research into the neuropsychological basis of impulsivity indicates that it may convey risk for substance misuse through an increased motivation to obtain rewards (“reward drive”) and a propensity to act without forethought (“rash impulsiveness”). A recent model of disinhibition has also specified a role for Neuroticism in those with left hemispheric preference, due to the association of this hemisphere with action goal tendencies. This study investigated the mediating role of reversal learning, a key component of adaptive decision-making, in the prediction of hazardous alcohol use from impulsivity traits. A sample of 165 college students were administered a probabilistic reversal learning task, the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), Sensitivity to Reward scale to measure reward drive, I7 (Impulsiveness) to measure rash impulsiveness, Eysenck Personality Questionnaire – Revised, and a self-report measure of ear preference to determine hemispheric preference. Results support the role of reward drive and rash impulsiveness in alcohol misuse, as well as rash impulsiveness, Neuroticism and lateral preference in poor reversal learning. However, there was no support for mediation, or an interaction between Neuroticism and lateral preference.
Keyword Impulsivity
Reversal learning
Reward sensitivity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Available online 1 October 2009

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences -- Publications
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