Helen Overhoff

Individual variability in decision-making and performance monitoring

The evaluation of one’s own action errors has been shown to be dependent on the individuals’ appreciation thereof. Individual differences in the neural processing of errors can be linked to personality profiles related to the perception of errors, such as perfectionism. It is very likely, however, that the individual mind-sets and perfectionism profiles change during the lifespan. The project will employ cognitive tasks in which participants commit errors or have the opportunity to change their mind, and systematically compare personality and performance profiles between elderly and younger participants. Data analysis will comprise response time modelling, the analysis of response force profiles, and electroencephalography (EEG) to predict decisions and error correction processes directly from brain activity.

Project Duration: 2018-2022

Supervisors: The University of Melbourne:  PD Dr Stefan Bode / Forschungszentrum Jülich: Prof Peter Weiss-Blankenhorn/ University of Cologne: Prof Jutta Stahl 

Home University: University of Cologne

Partner University: The University of Melbourne

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