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Emotional working memory training, work demands, stress and anxiety in cognitive performance and decision-making under uncertainty
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The study seeks to bring together literature on decision-making, the effects of work-related demands and stress, and individual differences in trait anxiety on near and far transfer effects of emotional working memory training (eWM). A sample of 31 students and working participants underwent emotional working memory training through an adaptive dual n-back method or a placebo face match training task for 14 days. Pre- and post-training measures were taken of a near transfer task, digit span, medium transfer measure of executive control, emotional Stroop, and a far transfer task of decision-making under uncertainty, the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT). In line with previous studies, eWM was expected to show gains in transfer task performance between pre- and post-training, and, especially for those scoring high on trait anxiety and workplace measures of stress demands (taken from COPSOQ), for whom there is more scope for improvement in emotional regulation. Gains in emotional Stroop specifically were further expected to show support for the effects of eWM training on emotional well-being in addition to decision-making. Results fell short of replicating previous work on transfer gains, though interference effects in Stroop did lessen in the eWM training group. Relationships between work demands, anxiety, stress and performance in the training itself, reinforce previous research showing that work stress and anxiety lead to cognitive failures, highlighting the importance of intervention studies in the organizational field, but they were not linked to benefits of the training. Resource and methodological limitations of the current study are considered, especially those involved in conducting pre-post designs and cognitive testing online.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 52
Keywords [en]
Working memory training, decision-making under uncertainty, work demands, N-back, COPSOQ, State-Trait Anxiety, Iowa Gambling Task
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-75011DiVA, id: diva2:1213794
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Psychology
Educational program
Psychology, work and organizational psychology, Master Programme, 120 credits
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2018-05-30, N1030, LNU, Växjö, 18:49 (English)
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Available from: 2018-06-11 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved

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