Title: The Effects of Reappraisal and Pressure on Task Performance
Presenter: Natalie Au Yeung
Poster Advisor: Lindsey Richland
Research Specialization: Human Development in Context
Some literature has shown that pressure can have a negative impact on achievement by loading working memory (WM), while other literature suggests that pressure serves as an incentive, and is beneficial to performance on any cognitively demanding task. Our research aims to study how reappraisal, one emotion regulation strategy, would affect the WM load of individuals who experienced pressure to perform in a laboratory setting. Results indicated that giving participants the opportunity to reappraise one’s emotions led any worries to serve as motivators, yielding significant improvements over a control group’s test-retest gains in both a task requiring WM, and a task measuring simple recall. Future studies should investigate the role of pressure and reappraisal strategy under different context.