Positive association between neuroticism and working memory in healthy female volunteers

Anca Arbune, Shih Hsien Lin, Kao Chin Chen, I. Hui Lee, Po See Chen, Yen Kuang Yang

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Objectives. Neuroticism is an important personality trait that is often associated with mental disorders. It has been reported that lower levels of neuroticism are associated with better cognitive function later in life; however, the concurrent association is unclear. Methods. A total of 184 healthy participants, 84 males and 100 females, completed the Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised version and the 24-item neuroticism subscale of the Maudsley personality inventory. Results. The neuroticism score was found to be positively associated with verbal memory, general memory, and delayed recall, particularly among healthy females, independent of the effect of age. Conclusion. The mechanisms of this association remain to be elucidated. Clinicians should pay additional attention to this phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-78
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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