Effects of COVID-19 Anxiety and Anxiety Sensitivity on Working Memory Capacity
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Previous research has indicated that anxiety can impair memory ability (Garibbo et al., 2019). Specifically, working memory capacity (Sari et al., 2017; Angelidis et al.,2019). Such impairment in memory may impede learning, which is consistent with some past research on undergraduate students: 33% of a sample of undergraduate nursing students reported that anxiety affected their learning and ability to perform (Beischel, 2013). In a general biology class, students with higher anxiety reported lower course grades (England et al., 2017). The adverse effect of anxiety on memory and learning may currently be compounded by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This may be especially true for more anxiety-sensitive students.
Dr. Michelle Schoenleber, Pyschology
undergraduate, research, collaboration, psychology, COVID 19, anxiety, memory
Johnson, Luke, "Effects of COVID-19 Anxiety and Anxiety Sensitivity on Working Memory Capacity" (2021). Student Presentations. 30.