Worth the ‘EEfRT’? The Effort Expenditure for Rewards Task as an Objective Measure of Motivation and Anhedonia

@inproceedings{Treadway2009WorthT,
  title={Worth the ‘EEfRT’? The Effort Expenditure for Rewards Task as an Objective Measure of Motivation and Anhedonia},
  author={Michael Tilghman Treadway and Joshua W. Buckholtz and Ashley N. Schwartzman and Warren E. Lambert and David H. Zald},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2009}
}
BACKGROUND Of the putative psychopathological endophenotypes in major depressive disorder (MDD), the anhedonic subtype is particularly well supported. Anhedonia is generally assumed to reflect aberrant motivation and reward responsivity. However, research has been limited by a lack of objective measures of reward motivation. We present the Effort-Expenditure for Rewards Task (EEfRT or "effort"), a novel behavioral paradigm as a means of exploring effort-based decision-making in humans. Using… CONTINUE READING
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