An interesting study by Tracy Packiam Alloway and John C. Horton in the Journal of Applied Psychology, explores the relationship between our ability to encode, store and retrieve data, and how we regulate our emotions.
They assert that Working Memory plays a role in our coping with negative life events. “There is a growing body of research supporting the role of working memory in emotional regulation. We know that those with clinical depression have difficulties in suppressing irrelevant negative information, while those with high working memory are able to ignore negative emotions,” said Alloway.
This presents individuals dealing with ADHD with some insight.
We know that ADHD is often comorbid with depression, and that depression is often a cause for irritable “acting out.” But, this study shows that if we are able to attain a higher working memory, then we may also gain a more optimistic view of the future.
Not only does working memory come to define a person who can remember phone numbers, or which word to use in a sentence, or the steps in a series of instructions, it also means that a person with higher working memory may experience less depression and be happier as well.
Another study, this one in Stockholm authored by Torkel Klingberg, reminds us of the value of our brain’s neuroplasticity, and “that it (Working Memory) can be improved by adaptive and extended training.”
Play Attention improves working memory.
Working memory is a process of executive function. Play Attention strengthens the foundational skills necessary for strong executive function. Every time you do a Play Attention session, you are working on cognitive skills such as focus, processing, short term memory, filtering distractions, impulse control, and more. As you develop these skills you are strengthening your working memory.
Play Attention also offers a specific working memory app.
Play Attention’s Working Memory app is designed to train this aspect of our brains. This simple, fun memory game encourages you to remember the locations of rewards and obstacles on the map, while maintaining attention. These rewards and obstacles are then hidden from view. You must recall these locations and work your way through the map.
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