Participants (N= 227) completed questionnaires pertaining to depressive symptomatology and trait intrusive thinking, and subsequently engaged in tasks assessing executive functioning, working memory, prospective memory, and episodic memory. The dependent variables assessed the influence of intrusive thinking on the relationship between depressive symptomatology and the four previously mentioned cognitive domains. A three-way interaction was conducted using the PROCESS macro created by Hayes (2013). The results revealed a significant three-way interaction for the working and episodic memory measure. Younger participants with low levels of intrusive thinking performed better on the working and episodic memory task as depressive symptomatology increased, while older adults with low levels of intrusive thinking performed worse on these tasks as depressive symptomatology increased. It is important to note that performance on these measures did not significantly vary by depressive symptomatology at high levels of intrusive thinking. These findings suggest that intrusive thinking may be a beneficial factor to explore in future research regarding the impact of depressive symptomatology on cognitive functioning across age groups.
|Commitee:||Brown, Danice, Pawlow, Laura|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 53/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Aging, Clinical psychology, Cognitive psychology|
|Keywords:||Aging, Cognitive, Depression, Intrusions, Performance|
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