Negative reward expectations in Borderline Personality Disorder patients: Neurophysiological evidence

Daniel Vega, Àngel Soto, Julià L. Amengual, Joan Ribas, Rafael Torrubia, Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells, Josep Marco-Pallarés

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) patients present profound disturbances in affect regulation and impulse control which could reflect a dysfunction in reward-related processes. The current study investigated these processes in a sample of 18 BPD patients and 18 matched healthy controls, using an event-related brain potentials methodology. Results revealed a reduction in the amplitude of the Feedback-Related Negativity of BPD patients, which is a neurophysiological index of the impact of negative feedback in reward-related tasks. This reduction, in the effect of negative feedback in BPD patients, was accompanied by a different behavioral pattern of risk choice compared to healthy participants. These findings confirm a dysfunctional reward system in BDP patients, which might compromise their capacity to build positive expectations of future rewards and decision making. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-396
JournalBiological Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013


  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Error
  • Feedback-Related Negativity
  • Reward
  • Theta oscillatory activity


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