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A recent study indicates that alcohol consumption reduces the amplitude of the error-related negativity (ERN), a negative deflection in the electroencephalogram associated with error commission. Here, we explore possible mechanisms underlying this result in the context of two recent theories about the neural system that produces the ERN - one based on principles of reinforcement learning and the other based on response conflict monitoring.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/S0166-2236(03)00175-9

Type

Journal article

Journal

Trends Neurosci

Publication Date

08/2003

Volume

26

Pages

402 - 404

Keywords

Alcohol Drinking, Conflict (Psychology), Dopamine, Ethanol, Evoked Potentials, Humans, Mental Processes, Models, Neurological, Probability Learning, Psychological Theory, Reinforcement (Psychology), Task Performance and Analysis