P300 differences between non-alcoholic young men at average and above-average risk for alcoholism

Effects of distraction and task modality

Lance Bauer, Victor M. Hesselbrock, Sean O'Connor, Lowell Roberts

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Abstract

1. P300 event-related electroencephalographic potentials were recorded from 79 young adult males, cross-classified with respect to the presence/absence of a family history of alcoholism (FHA) and the presence/absence of a personal history of antisocial personality (ASP) disorder. P300s were elicited using visual and auditory oddball tasks. Each oddball task was repeated with a tracking task added as a distractor. 2. In general, distraction increased the latencies and reduced the amplitudes of P300s elicited by the oddball stimuli. The P300 latency increase occurred only in low risk ASP- and FHA- groups. There was no adaptive increase in P300 latency in the higher risk ASP+ and FHA+ groups. 3. Group differences in P300 were restricted to visual tasks. No interpretable group differences in P300 latency or amplitude were found during the auditory tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-277
Number of pages15
JournalProgress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

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Keywords

  • alcohol
  • anti-social personality
  • family history
  • P300

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  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Pharmacology

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P300 differences between non-alcoholic young men at average and above-average risk for alcoholism : Effects of distraction and task modality. / Bauer, Lance; Hesselbrock, Victor M.; O'Connor, Sean; Roberts, Lowell.

In: Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, Vol. 18, No. 2, 1994, p. 263-277.

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