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Monitoring the Mind: The Relationship Between Individual Differences in Cognitive Control and Emotion Regulation

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dc.contributor.advisor Compton, Rebecca J. (Rebecca Jean)
dc.contributor.author Amen, Alexandra
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-29T18:00:20Z
dc.date.available 2008-05-29T18:00:20Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1428
dc.description.abstract Cognitive control and emotion regulation are two separate mental processes that are each crucial in terms of internal goal-fulfillment. Past research has mapped these skills to overlapping areas of the brain, suggesting that individuals may likely exhibit system functionalities that are positively correlated. In order to address such a possibility, the current study quantitatively measured individual participants’ cognitive control abilities using EEG technology. It also assessed their ability to regulate emotion, using increases in cortisol and heart rate during a laboratory-induced stress manipulation and self-report questionnaires. Results showed no correlation between anxiety induced during the stress manipulation and measures of cognitive control. However, cortisol increase during the EEG task was negatively correlated with measures of cognitive control, indicating that participants who were less able to regulate stress in the EEG portion of the experiment were also less able to exert cognitive control during this task. Such findings may be taken as support for the idea that individual abilities to regulate cognition and emotion are related.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh Emotions and cognition
dc.subject.lcsh Cognitive psychology
dc.title Monitoring the Mind: The Relationship Between Individual Differences in Cognitive Control and Emotion Regulation
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access


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