Interindividual Differences in Emotional Learning

ContributorsSmirnova, Ksenia
Master program titleMaîtrise universitaire en psychologie
Defense date2019

Several studies on animals have shown the existence of different conditional responses during Pavlovian conditioning, namely sign-tracking and goal-tracking. Sign-trackers show stronger approach behavior towards the cue that predicts impending reward, whereas goal-trackers show stronger approach behavior towards the location of reward delivery. In this study, we have demonstrated the existence of such differences in the human population using a Pavlovian conditioning task and an eye-tracking device. We have also explored the extent to which these differences can predict vulnerability to develop impulsivity, compulsivity, and addictive behaviors, using self-reported questionnaires. Even though, we did not find strong correlations between the different conditional responses and diverse traits and behaviors, this study remains a strong basis for future research to better understand interindividual differences and their impact on development of maladaptive behaviors.

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SMIRNOVA, Ksenia. Interindividual Differences in Emotional Learning. 2019.
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