Relationship between mood and working memory

Relationship between mood and working memory

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What is the relationship between working memory and positive or negative mood as higher order affective states which can change vary slowly compared to moment-to-moment affective responses (both valence and arousal)? Are there any literature related to this?

Welcome to the community Dalek! Emotional states can guide the actions and decisions we make in our everyday life through their influence on cognitive processes such as working memory. I would like to share with you couple of sources (Figueira et al., 2017 and Baddeley, 2012) which can be quite helpful for you.

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Baddeley, A. (2012). Working memory: theories, models, and controversies. Annual review of psychology, 63, 1-29.

Figueira, J. S., Oliveira, L., Pereira, M. G., Pacheco, L. B., Lobo, I., Motta-Ribeiro, G. C., & David, I. A. (2017). An unpleasant emotional state reduces working memory capacity: electrophysiological evidence. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(6), 984-992.

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