A Comparison of Affective Working Memory in Depressed and Non-Depressed Women

mahmood khabaz, zahra behjati
2012 Faṣlnāmah-i Farhang Mushavirah va Ravān/Darmānī  
Purpose: The purpose of the present study was to investigate and compare the affective working memory in depressed and non-depressed women. Methods: Using purposive sampling method, twenty seven depressed women were selected and matched by age & education with 27 non- depressed women. Data was collected by the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the n-back task and were analyzed using paired sample t-test. Results: Results indicated a weaker function in working memory task for depressed
more » ... compared to the non-depressed group (p<0.05). Although depressed individuals respond to positive stimuli significantly less than non-depressed people(p<0.05), there is no significant difference between two groups in responding to negative stimuli (p>0.05). Discussion: Limited working memory resources, lack of initiative, inability to prevent irrelevant information and rumination were discussed as causes of deficits on working memory task performance in depressed people.
doi:10.22054/qccpc.2012.6061 doaj:65366a492ae54903b5b1dc52fc71c0e5 fatcat:kn5g7koxdneqrj52ltovfq2ua4