2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

The Neuropsychology of Cognition and Emotion: The Importance of Emotion Subtypes
Timothy J. Wittmann* and Christopher R. Honts
Dr. David B. Conner, Faculty Mentor

Detrimental effects of negative emotions on cognition are well-documented. Nevertheless, studies investigating emotion-modulated cognition have produced a number of inconsistencies. Some of these inconsistencies are likely due to failures to identify subtypes of broader emotion categories. In this commentary, we propose that an understanding of the neuropsychological literature on cognition and emotion promotes appropriate identification and engagement of these subtypes. Methodological advantages of investigating subtypes as opposed to broader emotion categories are discussed in the context of anxious apprehension, anxious arousal, and their putative effects on working memory. Desiderata for future research are also presented.

Keywords: neuropsychology, cognition, emotion, anxiety, working memory

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 66-4
Location: VH 1412
Time: 3:30 pm

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