Research update: Poster Presentations at the 2019 Hunter Psychology Convention

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Research findings from the Emotion Regulation Lab were recently presented at the 47th Psychology Convention at Hunter College in New York, NY. Below are summaries of each poster presentation:

Mental Juggling: High Working Memory Load and Anxiety Negatively Impact Attention Bias Modification Training 

The aim of this study was to understand how additional factors impact the effect of working memory load on attentional bias modification training (ABMT) efficacy. We examined the effect of working memory load on ABMT, and whether it depends on working memory capacity (WML) and anxiety level. ABMT is most effective in low WML and low anxiety conditions, and is least effective in high WML and high anxiety conditions.

Marynowski, K., Litvin, B., Yap, D., Cho, H., & Dennis-Tiwary, T. (2019). Mental Juggling: High Working Memory Load and Anxiety Negatively Impact Attention Bias Modification Training. Poster presentation at the 47th Psychology Convention at Hunter College, New York, NY.

Diagnostic Differences in Patterns of Threat-Related Attention Bias

It remains unclear whether GAD and MDD are associated with similar or distinct patterns of threat-related attention bias (AB). We examined diagnostic group differences in patterns of AB in those with a primary diagnosis of GAD versus MDD, and compared to healthy controls. GAD was associated with greater AB variability, whereas MDD was associated with greater vigilance. Implications for the study of attention biases in mood-related disorders are discussed.

Lin, Q., Cho, H., Denefrio, S., & Dennis-Tiwary, T. A. (2019). Diagnostic Differences in Patterns of Threat-Related Attention Bias. Poster presentation at the 47th Psychology Convention at Hunter College, New York, NY.

Emotion Regulation, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior in Early Childhood

Emotion regulation moderates the association between empathy and prosocial behavior in adults. The present study explored this moderation effect in children. Results showed that child positive regulation moderated the effect between child empathy and prosocial behavior. For children with high emotion regulation and moderate emotion regulation, greater empathy predicted significantly more candies donated during the donation task.

Arguello, C., Davis, E. R., Schwartz, A., Shi, H., Myruski, S., & Dennis-Tiwary, T. (2019). Emotion Regulation, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior in Early Childhood. Poster presentation at the 47th Psychology Convention at Hunter College, New York, NY.

Assessment of Cross-Task Convergence

This study investigates if cognitive bias measures derived from anxiety-related cognitive bias assays are systematically related to each other and if these associations are sensitive to individual differences in anxiety and stress. Data analysis revealed low cross-task convergence across the three assays and suggests that these assays capture state-sensitive aspects of cognitive bias.

Bagrodia, R., Denefrio, S., Davis, E., Fan, B., Dennis-Tiwary, T. (March 2019). An analysis on cross-task convergence of anxiety-related cognitive biases. Poster Presentation at the 47th Annual Psychology Convention at Hunter College, New York City, NY