Executive functions refer to specific mental abilities such as switching between two activities, actively ignoring irrelevant information, and actively updating the information you keep in mind, such as a shopping list. When executive functions are impaired, as is often the case for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), one may find it difficult to store, manipulate and update information; collectively known as working memory. These functions have been shown to be crucial for coping with the mental challenges in everyday situations and seem to help with emotion regulation.

The use of a computerized cognitive training (CCT) intervention to train working memory presents an interesting and novel approach which targets both executive functioning and emotion regulation. Cognitive training using guided practice on a set of tasks related to specific brain functions such as memory or attention, can improve cognitive (or mental) abilities in much the same way that physical training improves physical abilities. There is some initial evidence suggesting that such training may help cognition in individuals with PD, but this requires further research. The extent to which such an intervention affects emotion regulation is not yet known.

We would be grateful if you could assist us by participating in our online study which has been designed to measure the effects of a computerised cognitive training intervention targeting working memory on emotion regulation.

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Name: Caroline Seton

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