This study compared laboratory models of impulsive behavior in 60 women aged 18-40 yrs. Three groups of 20 Ss 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.
Mathias, Charles W.; Dougherty, Donald M.; Marsh, Dawn M.; Moeller, F Gerard; Hicks, Lisa R.; Dasher, Kevin; and Bar-Eli, Lee
"Laboratory Measures of Impulsivity: A Comparison of Women with or Without Childhood Aggression,"
The Psychological Record:
3, Article 3.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/tpr/vol52/iss3/3