Cognitive and Emotional Distraction on Working Memory

P.I. Alexandru Iordan

Distractions occur often in our daily lives and can affect our ability to remain focused on goal-oriented tasks. For instance, receiving a distressing text message may interfere with one’s ability to remain focused on studying for an exam. The process known as working memory is critical for the maintenance of goal-oriented information, but the mechanisms of this phenomenon are still being investigated. We aim to understand how distraction impacts working memory performance and furthermore, what are the underlying brain mechanisms responsible for this effect.