Depressive thoughts reduce short-term memory, study finds

January 7, 2015 11:00 AM

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Depressive thoughts reduce short-term memory, study finds

People with present depressive thoughts may experience a 12 percent reduction in memory function compared to individuals who are not depressed, suggests a study published online Tuesday in the journal Cognition and Emotion.

"Depression is an interference phenomenon,” study author Bart Rypma, behavioral and brain sciences professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, said in a news release. “We hypothesize that when individuals with depressed mood are exposed to stimuli— such as a meaningful song or a place that evoke...

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