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Study habit: Anger can lead to better results when dealing with complex tasks  

2023-10-30 20:19:00, Kuriozitete CNA
Study habit: Anger can lead to better results when dealing with complex tasks
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Experiments suggest that people who are angry perform better on a variety of challenging tasks than those who are emotionally neutral, writes The Guardian.

"These findings show that anger increases effort toward a desired goal, often resulting in greater success," said Heather Lench, first author of the study.

The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, details how researchers at Texas A&M University conducted experiments involving more than 1,000 people and analyzed survey data from more than 1,400 people to explore the potential impact of anger in people in different circumstances. 

In one experiment, students were shown images previously found to elicit anger, desire, amusement, sadness, or no particular emotion. Participants were then asked to choose a series of anagrams.

The results show that for a challenging set of anagrams, those who were angry performed better than those in other possible emotional states – although no difference was seen for the easy anagrams.

The researchers say one explanation may be due to a link between anger and greater persistence, with the team finding that those who were angry spent more time on the difficult set of anagrams./ CNA

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