This exploratory study examined multiple units of working memory (WM) analysis in a transdiagnostic, treatment-seeking, pediatric sample. This included a) an electroencephalography marker of WM (coupling of theta and gamma oscillations [i.e., theta-gamma coupling] in frontal brain regions), b) WM test performance, and c) parent-reported WM symptoms. A composite score combining each of these units of analysis correlated with self-reported depressive and anxiety symptoms, with only theta-gamma coupling independently predicted anxiety/depressive symptoms. Results confirm prior findings on the association between WM and anxiety/depression, although the majority of this variance was explained by frontal theta-gamma coupling during WM demands.
Keywords: Anxiety, Depression; Theta-Gamma Coupling; Working Memory.
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