Journal article

Asymmetric frontal cortical activity predicts effort expenditure for reward

David M Hughes, Mark J Yates, Emma E Morton, Luke D Smillie

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2015


An extensive literature shows that greater left, relative to right, frontal cortical activity (LFA) is involved in approach-motivated affective states and reflects stable individual differences in approach motivation. However, relatively few studies have linked LFA to behavioral indices of approach motivation. In this study, we examine the relation between LFA and effort expenditure for reward, a behavioral index of approach motivation. LFA was calculated for 51 right-handed participants (55% female) using power spectral analysis of electroencephalogram recorded at rest. Participants also completed the effort expenditure for rewards task (EEfRT), which presents a series of trials requiring a..

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