Working Memory Deficits, Emotional Regulation and ADHD

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The Journal of Attention Disorders published research on working memory deficits, emotional regulation, and ADHD.  Previous research indicates that emotional regulation is related to the development and refinement of executive functions, such as inhibition, planning, and working memory.

Methodology of the Study:  This study investigated the functional relationship between varying working memory demands and ADHD-related emotion regulation deficits. The researchers coded overt emotion regulation behaviors while 68 children (ages 8-12) with and without ADHD completed experimental tasks that manipulated low and high working memory demands.

Some of the emotion regulation behaviors that were observed were negative emotion, negative self-talk, self-praise, and shut down.

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