The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 August 2004

Surly is as surly does

The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology reports that if you're in a negative mood, you're a more reliable eyewitness than another observer who might be bright and chirpy. Professor Joseph Forgas of the University of New South Wales says:

Our recollection of past events [is] more likely to be contaminated by irrelevant information when we are in a positive mood. A positive mood is likely to trigger less careful thinking strategies.

A further experiment suggests that people in a bad mood demonstrate more effective critical thinking and communication skills. Again, Professor Forgas:

This supports the idea that mood states are evolutionary signals about how to deal with threatening situations. That is, a negative mood state triggers more systematic, more attentive, more vigilant information processing.

By contrast, good moods signal a benign, non-threatening environment where we don't need to be so vigilant.

Remind me to post a copy of this report at work.

(Via Fark)

Posted at 8:31 AM to Dyssynergy


Post a copy of this at work.


Posted by: unimpressed at 2:22 PM on 23 August 2004

Got there, did that.

Ultimate impact remains to be seen.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:22 PM on 23 August 2004