Trait BIS predicts alpha asymmetry and P300 in a Go/No-Go task



Inspired by the revised Behavioural Inhibition System (BIS) theory the present study probed the association between individual differences in Trait BIS and electroencephalogram indicators of conflict processing/inhibition. Sixty-nine male participants either high or low in Trait BIS completed a Go/No-Go task while the electroencephalogram was recorded. As expected, Trait BIS was associated with the No-Go-anteriorisation of the P300 event-related potential (i.e. an index of response inhibition presumably generated in the dorsal anterior cingulate—an area implicated in conflict processing) and with No- Go-related changes towards left frontal alpha activity (i.e. presumably more activity in right prefrontal cortex—an area implicated in response inhibition). These findings support the role of conflict processing attributed to BIS functioning in the revised theory. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.