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Clinical Brown Bag Series

Tuesday, October 24, 2017,
  • Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: 316

Meghan Quinn, PhD

Department of Psychology

Vanderbilt University

Control When It Counts: Executive Control Under Stress and Depression

Why do certain individuals experience depression following stressful life events? A failure to effectively regulate emotions elicited by the stressor may contribute to depression symptoms. This regulatory failure may be a consequence of impairment in executive control – the cognitive processes necessary for executing goal-directed behavior. In this talk, I will focus on two different ways that executive control may become impaired: (1) acute stress exposure leading to temporary impairment in executive control and (2) early life stress exposure contributing to a more permanent impairment in executive control. Together, this research suggests that we may improve identification of etiological subtypes of depression by incorporating the influence of stress on executive control into models of depression.