2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

The Effects of Positive and Negative Emotions on Working Memory: A Continuation and Extension
Joshua A. Hallows*, William M. Budding, Hugo A. Fernandez, Patrick J. Joyce, and Hillarey K. Stone
Dr. David B. Conner, Faculty Mentor

This study is a continuation of a theoretical presentation (Wittmann & Honts, 2007) and an empirical investigation which followed (Wittmann & Honts, 2008), in which they explored the effects of negative mood on the ability to perform working memory tasks. The results of their study did not fully coincide with results from previous literature, which led us to modify the methodology in several important ways. This included the addition of a positive mood induction, a modification of the amount of time allowed for participant responses during the working memory tasks, and the use of female participants only. We hypothesize that by modifying the methodology in the ways listed above our data is more likely to coincide with that from previous literature. Data collection is ongoing and the results of this study will be presented.

Keywords: Emotion, Working Memory, Cognition


Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 13-
Location: OP Lobby

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