Title

Processes of attentional control, working memory and anxiety in executive function

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2010

Advisor

Benjamin Faber, Psychology

Abstract

The present study was designed to examine the cognitive understanding of anxiety from a deconstructed perspective, including measurement of relevant cognitive subcomponents and individual traits. This work will review social anxiety as a psychological construct, the methods of measuring social anxiety in individuals, and its cognitive impact on attentional systems. From there, the role of attentional systems will be examined in terms of executive function. Lastly, the relationship between working memory capacity and executive functioning will be looked at in reference to social anxiety.

Comments

This CSB/SJU Honors Thesis was originally submitted under the title "Losing Control: Cognitive Effects of Social Anxiety."

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