Journal article

Executive well-being: Updating of positive stimuli in working memory is associated with subjective well-being

Madeline Lee Pe, Peter Koval, Peter Kuppens

COGNITION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2013

Abstract

A growing literature shows that the ability to control affective information in working memory (WM) plays an important role in emotional functioning. Whereas most studies have focused on executive processes relating to emotion dysregulation and mood disorders, few, if any, have looked at such processes in association with happiness. In this study, we examined whether the ability to update positive and negative stimuli in WM (assessed with an affective n-back task) is related to the cognitive and affective components of subjective well-being. Participants who were better at retaining and updating specifically positive (not negative) information in WM displayed higher levels of life satisfacti..

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