Inhibitory control and mood in relation to psychological resilience: an ecological momentary assessment study

Mor Nahum*, Rachel Tzofia Sinvani, Anat Afek, Rina Ben Avraham, Joshua T. Jordan, Mattan S. Ben Shachar, Ariel Ben Yehuda, Noa Berezin Cohen, Alex Davidov, Yafit Gilboa

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Psychological resilience, the ability to adapt to adversity, is theorized to rely on intact inhibitory control (IC) mechanisms, which underlie one’s ability to maintain goal-directed behavior by inhibiting prepotent responses. However, no study to date has explored daily fluctuations of IC performance in relation to resilience. Here, we examined the association between IC and mood measured daily in relation to psychological resilience in young adults in a stressful situation. Baseline resilience was obtained from 144 female and male soldiers during their basic combat training. Then, participants completed an ecological momentary assessment protocol, in which they reported their momentary mood and completed a short IC assessment twice/day for 2 weeks. A hierarchical linear modeling analysis revealed that psychological resilience moderated the relationship between momentary IC and momentary mood, such that better IC was associated with better mood only for those with higher, but not lower, self-reported psychological resilience at baseline. These results show that psychological resilience is manifested in the everyday association between IC and mood. Furthermore, they lend important support to cognitive models of resilience and may have significant contribution to our understanding of resilient behavior in real life. Trial Registration: MOH_2018-0-13_002451.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number13151
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 12 Aug 2023

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