A Link Between Emotional Regulation & Working Memory

Successful emotion regulation relies on cognitive control.

Working memory is a system for temporarily storing and managing the information required to carry out complex cognitive tasks such as learning, reasoning, and comprehension. Memory span is the number of items, usually words or numbers, that a person can hold onto and recall.

Emotional regulation, also self-regulation, is the way we deal with big wave of anger, excitement, frustration, anxiety.

Brain imaging studies, shows that brain regions recruited during cognitive control overlap with the brain regions involved in emotion regulation. Cognitive control capacity is reduced in individuals who suffer from mental health problems.

Adolescents having difficulty with working memory tasks have more mental health difficulties at an early age and less emotional regulation.

The Key: Studies have reveal that working memory training, specifically attention control, promotes emotion regulation.These results suggest that working memory training improves emotion regulation ability.

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