Investigating the relationship between working memory and emotion regulation in mothers

Academic Article


  • © 2015 Taylor & Francis. Recent work suggests that executive functions, specifically working memory, may facilitate emotion regulation (ER). Here we examined whether measures of visuospatial working memory and verbal working memory relate to ER in a group of recent mothers. We found that while visuospatial working memory was associated with, and predictive of, self-reported measures of ER and emotion dysregulation - verbal working memory was correlated to only one dimension of emotion dysregulation. These findings suggest that working memory may play a unique role in everyday regulatory functioning. We frame our results in terms of the broader implications they may have for the potential role of executive functioning in parenting.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 18650478
  • Author List

  • Rutherford HJV; Booth CR; Crowley MJ; Mayes LC
  • Start Page

  • 52
  • End Page

  • 59
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 1