Self-efficacy effects on neuroelectric and behavioral indices of action monitoring in older adults

Jason R. Themanson, Charles H. Hillman, Edward McAuley, Sarah M. Buck, Shawna E. Doerksen, Katherine S. Morris, Matthew B. Pontifex

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Abstract

The relationships between self-efficacy (SE), i.e., beliefs in personal capabilities, and behavioral and neuroelectric (i.e., ERN, Pe) indices of action monitoring were investigated in 40 older adults (13 male) during the completion of a flanker paradigm performed under task conditions emphasizing either accuracy or speed. SE relative to task performance during both conditions was assessed prior to each cognitive task. Results indicated that high-SE older adults exhibited larger ERN and Pe amplitudes compared to low-SE older adults under the accuracy instruction condition. Additionally, a moderating effect of SE on the relationship between ERN and post-error response accuracy was revealed in the accuracy condition, with greater ERN amplitude associated with greater post-error accuracy in the high-SE group. No significant relationships were evident between ERN and post-error accuracy in the low-SE group. Further, no significant relationships involving SE were observed in the speed condition. The findings suggest that SE may be related to neuroelectric and behavioral indices of action monitoring in older adults when task demands require greater attention to action monitoring processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1111-1122
Number of pages12
JournalNeurobiology of Aging
Volume29
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Cognitive control
  • Cognitive function
  • Error positivity (Pe)
  • Error-related negativity (ERN)
  • Event-related brain potentials (ERPs)
  • Interference control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Aging
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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