University of Twente Student Theses


The Effect of Reward on Cognitive Control

Wissink, Wouter (2023) The Effect of Reward on Cognitive Control.

[img] PDF
Abstract:Motivation is known to play an important role in moderating goal-directed behaviour, but the precise interaction between motivation and cognitive control remains unclear. The present study aimed to investigate how much increased motivation through reward incentives can shift cognitive control from a reactive to a more proactive mode. Using EEG in an incentive-based cued task-switching paradigm, we recorded 26 participants’ brain activity while they completed high and low reward sequences. Our results revealed that the high reward sequences elicited shorter response times and larger EEG amplitudes for the cue-induced CNV and the task-induced P3b and N2 components, indicating a shift towards more proactive control. However, the cue-induced LPP, P3b and N2 did not respond to reward conditions, which might be due to how motivation was manipulated in sequences instead of on a trial-by-trial basis. Future studies should investigate the influence of different incentive manipulation strategies on these ERP components.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Leibniz-Institut für Arbeitsforschung an der TU Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:
Export this item as:BibTeX
HTML Citation
Reference Manager


Repository Staff Only: item control page