Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Score One For Grumpiness

According to Medical News Today, a negative mood can be good for your memory.

People in a positive mood such as happiness were shown under experimental conditions to have relatively unreliable memories, and show poorer judgement and critical thinking skills.



By contrast, those who experienced a negative mood such as sadness were shown to provide more reliable eyewitnesses accounts and exercise superior thinking and communication skills.

Speaking from personal experience (as if anything in this navel-gazing blog isn't from personal experience!), I have a freaky ability to remember things observed, whether they happened 30 years ago or yesterday. I am also a pretty negative person, in general.



So maybe there is a connection, and a little grumpiness isn't so bad for us after all. ;-)

2 comments:

  1. Why can't I remember all those trivial things?
    Nannie G

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  2. Maybe you are the missing link & debunk the theory

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