Laboratory measures of impulsivity: A comparison of women with or without childhood aggression

Charles W. Mathias, Donald M. Dougherty, Dawn M. Marsh, F. Gerard Moeller, Lisa R. Hicks, Kevin Dasher, Lee Bar-Eli

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This study compared laboratory models of impulsive behavior in 60 women ages 18-40. Three groups (n = 20, each) were recruited: (1) normal controls, (2) women on probation/parole without childhood aggression (Fight-), and (3) women on probation/parole with childhood aggression (Fight+). Two types of impulsivity paradigms were compared: response-disinhibition/attentional [Immediate/Delayed Memory Task (IMT/DMT)] and delayed-reward [Single Key Impulsivity Paradigm (SKIP)] models. The Fight+ group performed more impulsively, responding with more commission errors (IMT/DMT) and shorter delay choices (SKIP) compared to either the Fight- or Control groups. Compared to the SKIP, the IMT and DMT tasks had larger effect sizes and a more orderly pattern of impulsive performance differences between groups. Women classified on the basis of childhood behavior (initiating physical aggression) are behaviorally distinct on laboratory measures of impulsiveness in adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-303
Number of pages15
JournalPsychological Record
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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