Attenuated brain activity during error processing and punishment anticipation in procrastination – a monetary Go/No-go fMRI study

Jarosław Michałowski , Marek Wypych , Dawid Droździel , Borczykowska Magda , Szczepanik Michał , Artur Marchewka


Procrastination is a self-regulatory failure in which people voluntarily but irrationally delay important tasks. Trait procrastination is estimated to afect 15–20% of the total population and leads to a signifcant decrease in performance, satisfaction with achievements, and quality of life. Procrastination is related to impulsivity and reduced executive control, especially in the domain of inhibition. Moreover, procrastinatory tendencies seem to increase with negative afect, suggesting impaired emotion regulation. The aim of this study was to investigate the neuronal mechanisms of inhibition, error processing, and behavioral control under pressure of punishment in procrastinators. Non-student subjects recruited to low (LP) and high procrastination (HP) groups performed an fMRI monetary Go/ No-go task. HP showed signifcantly lower error-related activity in ACC than LP. There was also a signifcant group by condition interaction in the ACC and right DLPFC suggesting increase of control during the punishment condition in LP but not HP group. These results suggest that procrastinators have impaired error processing mechanisms which may add to the persistence of procrastination through difculties in correction of faulty behaviors. Procrastination also seems to be related to a decreased ability to intensify self-control in more demanding situations and/or impaired coping in the context of negative situations.
Author Jarosław Michałowski (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
Jarosław Michałowski,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
, Marek Wypych
Marek Wypych,,
, Dawid Droździel
Dawid Droździel,,
, Borczykowska Magda
Borczykowska Magda,,
, Szczepanik Michał
Szczepanik Michał,,
, Artur Marchewka (Wydział Psychologii)
Artur Marchewka,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesScientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.55
ASJC Classification1000 Multidisciplinary
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)140
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.401; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 4.011 (2) - 2018=4.525 (5)
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