The results of a study published in the journal Psychological Science show that people in a good mood may be able to think more creatively than those in a less positive state of mind.
“Generally, positive mood has been found to enhance creative problem solving and flexible yet careful thinking,” says researcher Ruby Nadler. “If you have a project where you want to think innovatively, or you have a problem to carefully consider, being in a positive mood can help you to do that.”
Volunteers were put in various moods before being given a learning task. Their moods were manipulated by using video and music clips and they were then asked to learn to recognize a pattern. In general, happy volunteers were able to successfully learn their pattern better than those who felt worse.
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