A recent and interesting study asked nearly one hundred participants to complete nine activities designed to show cognition skills, specific to work environments, as well as demonstrate analytical capabilities and provide a metric for mood and emotional reactivity. The rather surprising results showed that some individuals with high emotional reactivity scores actually performed better at some work activities when they also were in a negative mood state. Under these conditions, these specific individuals prioritized their tasks more expertly, managed their time more efficiently and showed greater overall focus. However, while the University of Waterloo study did admit some types of people exhibited a higher level of executive capability when tasked with working with a negative mood state, it did not go so far as to propose that most of us should attempt to work under such conditions.
- Nearly one hundred participants in the Waterloo study were tasked with completing nine different cognitive-related activities.
- The tasks measured memory skills, specific to work environments, and analytical capabilities.
- Other tasks created metrics to analyze participant’s mood and emotional reactivity.
“A new study out of the University of Waterloo suggests that a bad mood can boost some people’s executive functioning; such as their ability to focus attention, manage time, and prioritize tasks.”