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Reward fails to alter response bias in depression
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: n/a
Pages: 460-466
Source ID: shanti-sources-22674
Zotero Collections: Contexts of Contemplation Project
Abstract: Several different models postulate that depression is associated with decreased approach-related behavior. Relatively little has been done to date to specifically investigate this issue. In the present study, a signal-detection analysis was used to examine the response biases of dysphoric and nondysphoric female undergraduates during 3 payoff conditions: neutral, reward, and punishment. As predicted, the dysphoric subjects had a smaller change in bias from the neutral to the reward condition compared with the nondysphoric group. The 2 groups did not differ during the neutral and punishment conditions. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that the left frontal hypoactivation observed in depression reflects a deficit in approach-related behavior.