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Emotion processing facilitates working memory performance
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2011 (English)In: Cognition & Emotion, ISSN 0269-9931, E-ISSN 1464-0600, Vol. 25, no 7, 1196-1204 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The effect of emotional stimulus content on working memory performance has been investigated with conflicting results, as both emotion-dependent facilitation and impairments are reported in the literature. To clarify this issue, 52 adult participants performed a modified visual 2-back task with highly arousing positive stimuli (sexual scenes), highly arousing negative stimuli (violent death) and low-arousal neutral stimuli. Emotional stimulus processing was found to facilitate task performance relative to that of neutral stimuli, both in regards to response accuracy and reaction times. No emotion-dependent differences in false-alarm rates were found. These results indicate that emotional information can have a facilitating effect on working memory maintenance and processing of information.

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2011. Vol. 25, no 7, 1196-1204 p.
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Working memory, Emotion, Executive attention, n-back task
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-172243DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2010.527703ISI: 000299564700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-172243DiVA: diva2:513924
Available from: 2012-04-04 Created: 2012-04-03 Last updated: 2012-04-04Bibliographically approved

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