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Sunday, February 28, 2010
The good news about bad moods
From a recent paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology:
...negative moods can improve the detection of deception (Forgas and East, 2008 J.P. Forgas and R. East, On being happy and gullible: Mood effects on scepticism and the detection of deception, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology44 (2008), pp. 1362–1367. Article | PDF (178 K) | View Record in Scopus | Cited By in Scopus (0)Forgas & East, 2008), reduce judgmental errors (Forgas, 1998), improve eyewitness accuracy (Forgas, Vargas, & Laham, 2005), and improve interpersonal communication strategies (Forgas, 2007). The present experiments confirm this pattern by demonstrating that mild negative moods also increase fairness and sensitivity to the needs of others.