Sad People Have Surprising Memory Advantage

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Sad People Have Surprising Memory Advantage

Sad people areِ apparently betterِ than happy people atِ face recognition, anِ upside toِ beingِ down inِ the dumps thatِ isِ yielding insights intoِ howِ mood canِ affect theِ brain.
The researchers put volunteers intoِ happy, sad orِ neutral moods byِ having themِ listen toِ suitable music — forِ instance, Mozart’s Requiem forِ sadness, theِ theme fromِ The A-Team forِ happiness, andِ the soundtrack forِ the movie The Hunt forِ Red October forِ a neutral mood.
In oneِ experiment, 88 undergraduates wereِ shown 32 faces withِ neutral expressions, thenِ givenِ a questionnaire asِ a briefِ distraction, thenِ shown a sequence ofِ 64 faces andِ asked toِ identify theِ onesِ they firstِ saw.

The scientists detailed their findings online Aug. 2 in the journal Consciousness and Cognition.