Research on cognitive biases in depression suggests that deficient control of attention underlies impairments in memory for emotionally neutral events. Such impairments might result from general difficulties in focusing and sustaining attention, specific and habitual priorities to attend to matters of personal concern, or both. This paper considers these alternative means of impairment in the context of a review of selected theories and findings; a test of the framework is illustrated; and related considerations are discussed.
Hertel, P. T. (1997). On the contribution of deficient cognitive control to memory impairment in depression. Cognition and Emotion, 11(5-6), 569-583.
Cognition and Emotion