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Pulled this off Yahoo news this morning. This is insane!!!!

Thinking negatively can boost your memory, study finds

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – Bad moods can actually be good for you, with an Australian study finding that being sad makes people less gullible, improves their ability to judge others and also boosts memory.

The study, authored by psychology professor Joseph Forgas at the University of New South Wales, showed that people in a negative mood were more critical of, and paid more attention to, their surroundings than happier people, who were more likely to believe anything they were told.

"Whereas positive mood seems to promote creativity, flexibility, cooperation, and reliance on mental shortcuts, negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking paying greater attention to the external world," Forgas wrote.

"Our research suggests that sadness ... promotes information processing strategies best suited to dealing with more demanding situations."

For the study, Forgas and his team conducted several experiments that started with inducing happy or sad moods in their subjects through watching films and recalling positive or negative events.

In one of the experiments, happy and sad participants were asked to judge the truth of urban myths and rumors and found that people in a negative mood were less likely to believe these statements.

People in a bad mood were also less likely to make snap decisions based on racial or religious prejudices, and they were less likely to make mistakes when asked to recall an event that they witnessed.

The study also found that sad people were better at stating their case through written arguments, which Forgas said showed that a "mildly negative mood may actually promote a more concrete, accommodative and ultimately more successful communication style."

"Positive mood is not universally desirable: people in negative mood are less prone to judgmental errors, are more resistant to eyewitness distortions and are better at producing high-quality, effective persuasive messages," Forgas wrote.

The study was published in the November/December edition of the Australian Science journal.

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Comment by Trudy on November 2, 2009 at 9:21am
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Comment by simpleman on November 2, 2009 at 9:17am
Is this the best they can do. This goes to show they are loosing their grip. There are too many of us now. It just shows their desparation and ignorance.
Comment by 11:11 Lightning 11:11 on November 2, 2009 at 8:50am
I guess this world would be a better place if we all walked around pissed off and sad! I can not believe this is what they are feeding the sheep these days!!!!
Comment by solfeggio on November 2, 2009 at 8:24am
huh? why does my post have to be approved?
Comment by solfeggio on November 2, 2009 at 8:19am
i dont understand when i was learning to drive for example one of the cardinal rules along with dont drink and drive was dont drive if your upset or in a really bad mood frame of far as i know this advice is still preached to new now this study would have us belive that if your really pissed off or upset then you will drive better because youd be more attentive to your surroundings......hmmm i think they need to do the study again this time without the LSD.....LOL

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