Performance monitoring during associative learning and its relation to obsessive-compulsive characteristics

Nuria Doñamayor*, Jakob Dinani, Manuel Römisch, Zheng Ye, Thomas F. Münte

*Corresponding author for this work
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Neural responses to performance errors and external feedback have been suggested to be altered in obsessive-compulsive disorder. In the current study, an associative learning task was used in healthy participants assessed for obsessive-compulsive symptoms by the OCI-R questionnaire. The task included a condition with equivocal feedback that did not inform about the participants' performance. Following incorrect responses, an error-related negativity and an error positivity were observed. In the feedback phase, the largest feedback-related negativity was observed following equivocal feedback. Theta and beta oscillatory components were found following incorrect and correct responses, respectively, and an increase in theta power was associated with negative and equivocal feedback. Changes over time were also explored as an indicator for possible learning effects. Finally, event-related potentials and oscillatory components were found to be uncorrelated with OCI-R scores in the current non-clinical sample.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiological Psychology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)73-87
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2014


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