Personality correlates of Iowa Gambling Task performance in healthy adolescents

Catalina J. Hooper, Monica Luciana, Dustin Wahlstrom, Heather M. Conklin, Rebecca S. Yarger

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This study examined relations among scores on the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Junior (EPQ-J) and the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT), which requires balancing immediate vs. future rewards, in healthy adolescents (ages 9-17). In multiple regression analyses, neuroticism was negatively associated with IGT performance among males. Relationships between IGT performance and other EPQ-J factors were non-significant. Additionally, parent-reported externalizing as measured by the Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist interacted with neuroticism and extraversion to predict IGT performance. We suggest that trait factors vary within individuals and between genders to impact decision-making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-609
Number of pages12
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by a McKnight Land Grant Professorship awarded to Monica Luciana; a seed grant from the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the University of Minnesota; a graduate school fellowship awarded to Catalina Hooper; and funds from the Graduate Research Partnership Program at the University of Minnesota.


  • Adolescence
  • Decision-making
  • Personality
  • Risk factors
  • Ventromedial prefrontal cortex


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