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    Bad mood leads to better eyewitness report

    United Press International - August 23, 2004

    SYDNEY, Aug 23, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- An Australian research project finds people in a negative mood give more accurate eyewitness accounts of events than those in a more positive frame of mind.

    The study, to be published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, offers the first assessment of the effect of mood on memory.

    Researchers from the University of New South Wales used staged events in their experiments and found people who were happy at the time had somewhat unreliable memories, along with poor judgment and critical thinking skills. Negative moods -- such as sadness -- correlated with more accurate eyewitness accounts of events and better thinking and communication.

    Professor Joseph Forgas wrote: "It shows that our recollection of past events are 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."

    Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

  • #2
    That's because life seems to go on forever?..

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    • #3
      Is this saying bitchy folks are more forthcoming with legitimate facts?
      Did-a-chick? Dum-a-chum? Dad-a-cham? Ded-a-check?

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