Publications [#42341] of Adriel Boals

Journal Articles

  1. K. Klein & A. Boals (2001). The relationship of life stress and working memory.. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 15, 565-579.
    (last updated on 2005/10/20)

    The relationship between life stress and working memory capacity (WM) was examined in three studies. Participants with more life event stress performed more poorly on Turner and Engle's ([1989]) operation-word span WM task, and this impairment was more pronounced on longer operations. Life event stress also predicted intrusion errors. Finally, self-reports of intrusive and avoidant thinking predicted functional WM capacity as did the recency of negative life events. The results are interpreted using a limited capacity model of WM in which cognitive representations of stressful life events compete with task demands for attentional resources.