Two-year stability of the late positive potential across middle childhood and adolescence

Biol Psychol. 2013 Oct;94(2):290-6. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.07.002. Epub 2013 Jul 17.


The late positive potential (LPP) may be a useful measure of individual differences in emotional processing across development, but little is known about the stability of the LPP across time. We assessed the LPP and behavioral measures of emotional interference following pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral images in 8- to 13-year-old youth. Approximately two years later, the same participants completed the task again (N=34). Results indicated that the LPP is moderately-to-highly reliable across development. Stability was lower and more inconsistent for behavioral measures. In addition, consistent with previous cross-sectional analyses, a decrease in occipital activity was observed at the second assessment. Results indicate that the LPP appears to be a stable measure of emotional processing, even across a fairly large period of development.

Keywords: Development; Emotion; Event-related potentials; Late positive potential; Reliability.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attention / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Child
  • Child Development / physiology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Electroencephalography
  • Emotions / physiology*
  • Evoked Potentials, Visual / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Reaction Time