“attentional deployment”. My past research would’ve been SO MUCH faster if I knew that phrase. I was close, focusing on salience and about physical timing of body sense reactions to stimuli… but I was JUST missing it.
The short of this study is: While still in working memory, thinking about neutral aspects of a thing will be far better for your emotional state than focusing on exciting (dramatic) bits, as they will leave you feeling down even if they at first were super-happy-happy.
The articles that cite: “Looking Inward: Shifting Attention Within Working Memory Representations Alters Emotional Responses” are looking like studies I’d been looking for for a time.
This looks to be the first study that addresses dispositional anxiety’s threats to working memory – an ongoing attack.