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Positive Mood Enhances Creative Thinking

by Sheela Philomena on  December 18, 2010 at 12:32 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
In a study it has been revealed that good or positive mood makes a person to think more creatively.
 Positive Mood Enhances Creative Thinking
Positive Mood Enhances Creative Thinking
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"Generally, positive mood has been found to enhance creative problem solving and flexible yet careful thinking," says Ruby Nadler, a graduate student at the University of Western Ontario.

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For this study, Nadler and her colleagues Rahel Rabi and John Paul Minda looked at a particular kind of learning that is improved by creative thinking.

Students who took part in the study were put into different moods and then given a category learning task to do (they learned to classify sets of pictures with visually complex patterns).

The researchers manipulated mood with help from music clips and video clips; first, they tried several out to find out what made people happiest and saddest.

The happiest music was a peppy Mozart piece, and the happiest video was of a laughing baby. The researchers then used these in the experiment, along with sad music and video (a piece of music from Schindler's List and a news report about an earthquake) and a piece of music and a video that didn't affect mood.

After listening to the music and watching the video, people had to try to learn to recognize a pattern.

Happy volunteers were better at learning a rule to classify the patterns than sad or neutral volunteers.

"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," Nadler says.

And music is an easy way to get into a good mood. Everyone has a different type of music that works for them-don't feel like you have to switch to Mozart, she says.

The study has been published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological S

Source: ANI
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