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Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory/VsReinforcement Theory/Matthews: [The] Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory (RST) (Philip J. Corr 2004(1), >Reinforcement sensitivity/Corr) links the impulsivity and anxiety traits to the sensitivity of brain systems for reward and punishment.
Hence, these traits should interact with motivational factors to influence outcomes, including learning and performance. There is indeed some evidence for interactions of this kind, within various task paradigms (Corr 2004(1)).
MatthewsVsCorr: However, as with arousal theory, it is questionable whether the theory’s predictions are supported in detail (see Matthews 2008b(2), for a critique).



1. Corr, P. J. 2004. Reinforcement sensitivity theory and personality, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 28: 317–32
2. Matthews, G. 2008b. Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory: a critique from cognitive science, in P. L. Corr (ed.), The Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of personality, pp. 482–507 Cambridge University Press


Gerald Matthews, „ Personality and performance: cognitive processes and models“, in: Corr, Ph. J. & Matthews, G. (eds.) 2009. The Cambridge handbook of Personality Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press


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Matthews, Gerald
Corr I
Philip J. Corr
Gerald Matthews
The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology New York 2009

Corr II
Philip J. Corr (Ed.)
Personality and Individual Differences - Revisiting the classical studies Singapore, Washington DC, Melbourne 2018


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