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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02606

An event-related potential study of decision making and feedback utilization in female college students who binge drink

 Eunchan Na1, Kyoung-Mi Jang1 and  Myung-Sun Kim2*
  • 1Sungshin Women's University, South Korea
  • 2Psychology, Sungshin Women's University, South Korea

This study investigated the ability to use feedback for decision making in female college students who binge drink (BD) using the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT) and event-related potentials (ERPs). Twenty-seven binge drinkers and 23 non-binge drinkers (non-BD) were identified based on scores on the Korean version of the Alcohol Use Disorder Test and the Alcohol Use Questionnaire. The IGT consists of four cards, including two cards that result in a net loss, with large immediate gains but greater losses in the long term, and two cards that result in a net gain, with small immediate gains but reduced losses in the long term. Participants were required to choose one card at a time to maximize profit until the end of the task while avoiding losses. The BD group showed a significantly lower total net score than the non-BD group, indicating that the BD group chose more disadvantageous cards. The BD group showed significantly smaller ΔFRN amplitudes (difference in amplitudes of feedback-related negativity (FRN) between gain and loss feedback) but not in P3 amplitudes. Additionally, ΔFRN amplitudes in the fronto-central area were positively correlated with the total net score and net scores for sectors 4 and 5. Thus, total net scores and later performance on the IGT increased as ΔFRN amplitudes from the fronto-central area increased. FRN is known to reflect early feedback evaluation employing a bottom-up mechanism, whereas P3 is known to reflect late feedback processing and allocation of attentional resources using a top-down mechanism. These results indicate that college students who binge drink have deficits in early evaluation of positive or negative feedback and that this deficit may be related to decision making deficits.

Keywords: binge drinking, Decisioion making, Feedback-related negativity, Feedback utilization, Event-related potentials

Received: 21 Jun 2019; Accepted: 04 Nov 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Na, Jang and Kim. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mx. Myung-Sun Kim, Sungshin Women's University, Psychology, Seongbuk District, 136-742, South Korea,