Cognitive Daily reports on Mood and Memory. They write:
“Do you ever wonder if your mood affects the way you think? I’m not talking about behaving more aggressively when you’re angry or more passively when you’re sad; I’m talking about the subtler impact on cognitive processing. Some recent research has indicated that we process things differently depending on whether we’re in a positive or negative mood. People in good moods tend to make more connections between related items, while people in bad moods generally focus on what’s in front of them.
Thanks to Kevin Larson for sending me this. Kevin works on our Cleartype team and has been doing his own research into how aesthetics effect problem-solving capabilities.