Methodological choices in event-related potential (ERP) research and their impact on internal consistency reliability and individual differences: An examination of the error-related negativity (ERN) and anxiety.

Published on Jan 8, 2020in Journal of Abnormal Psychology5.519
路 DOI :10.1037/abn0000458
Julia Klawohn8
Estimated H-index: 8
(FSU: Florida State University),
Alexandria Meyer14
Estimated H-index: 14
(FSU: Florida State University)
+ 1 AuthorsGreg Hajcak66
Estimated H-index: 66
(FSU: Florida State University)
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