Laboratory paradigms of impulsivity and alcohol dependence: a review.

@article{Aragus2011LaboratoryPO,
  title={Laboratory paradigms of impulsivity and alcohol dependence: a review.},
  author={M. Aragu{\'e}s and Rosa Jurado and Rafael Quinto and Gabriel Rubio},
  journal={European addiction research},
  year={2011},
  volume={17 2},
  pages={64-71}
}
Impulsivity can be defined as choosing a smaller, immediate reward over a larger, delayed reward. From this perspective, addictive behaviors such as substance abuse and pathological gambling reflect a series of impulsive choices. However, impulsivity is not a homogeneous construct. Laboratory measures of impulsivity reflect two types of processes. The first is related to behavioral inhibition and refers to an individual's ability to appropriately inhibit thoughts or actions. The second is the… CONTINUE READING