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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (4): 475-483.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00475

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The role played by anxiety in reward learning

GU Ruolei1; XU Pengfei2; XU Rui3; SHI Yuanyuan1,4; YANG Ziyan1,4; WANG Yuqi1,4; CAI Huajian1   

  1. (1 Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China)
    Institute of Affective and Social Neuroscience, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China)
    Institute of Basic Research in Clinical Medicine, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China)
    University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China)
  • Received:2015-09-27 Online:2016-04-15 Published:2016-04-15
  • Contact: XU Rui, E-mail:


Anxiety is an important emotion in our daily life, which influences human decision-making significantly. Investigating the research field of rewarding learning may help with understanding the role of anxiety in decision-making process. However, the potential impact of anxiety on rewarding learning is largely absent in previous literature. In addition, studies devoted to this topic have limitations about the experimental paradigms and techniques being applied. Regarding the complexity of the reward learning concept, we suggest researchers exploring the relationship between anxiety and reward learning in various scenarios including probabilistic learning, associative learning, reversal learning, and social learning. The moderating effect of anxiety on individual reward learning in different scenarios may appear to be diverse, which is awaited to be clarified.

Key words: anxiety, decision-making, reward learning