The Research On Mood And Memory Essay

2355 Words May 11th, 2016 null Page
The research on mood and memory can be contradicting. While all agree that mood affectivity has an effect on memory, they don’t always agree on which mood is better for memory retention and learning, positive or negative. There is also some speculation when it comes to mood and memory congruity, does a person’s mood affect the kind of information they retain? The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of mood (positive, negative, and neutral) on the amount of information a person can recall and whether or not the type of information they recall is congruent with their mood. Working memory is a mental system that allows a person to temporarily retain information. There has been research that suggests that negative affect reduces working memory because the negative emotion is a cognitive load and there is not enough resources for working memory or because the negative emotion reduces motivation and not enough resources are allocated to working memory. In their study, Spachtholz, Pkrun, and Kuhbander (2014) argue that negative emotions signal a problem and resources are allocated to precision and quality of memory rather than quantity. In other words, someone experiencing negative affect will remember details of only a small amount of information. Their study was able to produce results that support this hypothesis indicating that negative affect is not always bad for cognitive performance, as long as there is only a small amount of information the improvement of…

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