Category: Child / Adolescent - Anxiety

PS12- #B55 - Examining the Relationship Between ERN in Adolescents and Their Mothers

Saturday, Nov 18
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Indigo Ballroom CDGH, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Adolescent Anxiety

The error-related negativity (ERN; Cavanagh & Shackman, 2015; Moser, Moran, Schroder, Donnellan, & Yeung, 2013; Weinberg, Dieterich, & Riesel, 2016) is a negative deflection in the event-related potential (ERP) that occurs approximately 50ms after an error response. ERN has been used as a biomarker for anxiety; individual differences in anxiety  are related to increased ERN amplitude  (Moser et al, 2013; Olvet and Hajcak, 2008; Simons, 2010; Vaidyanathan et al., 2012; Weinberg et al., 2012b). ERN has also been found to be heritable in a study measuring ERN and CRN in monozygotic and dizygotic adolescent twin pairs (Anokhin, Golosheykin & Heath, 2008). The current study aims to further understand the relationship Between ERN in adolescents and their mothers. A Flanker task (Eriksen and Eriksen, 1974),  was administered to 23 adolescents between the ages of 11-14 and their mothers. Results showed a significant correlation of diff-ERN (the difference in ERP-value between error and correct trials) at in adolescents and their mothers (r = 0.489,  p < .05). The relationship of anxiety between mothers and their children may indicate a need for prevention of anxiety development in adolescents if their mothers are anxious. 

Shaan McGhie

Research Assistant
SDSU
San Diego, California

Nader Amir

Professor
San Diego State University
San Diego, California