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›› 2008, Vol. 16 ›› Issue (05): 705-711.

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Feedback Related Negativity and its Theoretical Explains

LI Peng;LI Hong   

  1. Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality, Ministry of Education, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
  • Received:2008-01-07 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2008-09-15 Published:2008-09-15
  • Contact: LI Hong

Abstract: The feedback related negativity (FRN) is an ERP component elicited by feedback stimuli that indicate response errors or monetary losses. This component appeared at about 250-300ms interval after feedback onset and was shown to be generated in anterior cingulate cortex by resource analysis. There are two theories that account for the functional significance of FRN: the reinforcement learning theorists believe that FRN reflects the cognitive processing of the feedback stimulus, whereas the affective-motivational hypothesis argues that FRN mirrors the neural evaluation of emotional and motivational meaning in the feedback stimuli. Despite in-depth insights provided by previous studies into our understanding of FRN, there are still some important questions to be answered, which might be the direction of future studies

Key words: FRN, reinforcement learning theory, affective-motivational hypothesis, Anterior Cingulate Cortex, ERP

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