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Negative emotions broaden thinking

A recent study published in Psychological Science has found that low levels of negative emotion can help learning: too much negativity has a detrimental effect.

Previous research within the field of Positive Psychology has shown that positive emotions are beneficial for learning: they have been found to broaden attention, build resilience, encourage exploration and creativity. Negative emotions were thought to narrow attention and encourage people to focus on the details, not the big picture.  This study has revealed that mild negative mood can encourage creative thinking too.  Click here to access the article, (you may need to pay for this paper)

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