Mood Disorder Specialists Lincoln RI

A positive mood is more expansive, sees the larger picture and tends to make more associations. Sad people, on the other hand, tend to stick to the facts, pay attention to details, and use more item'specific processing.

Walter Dulany FitzHugh
(401) 334-1830
8 Blackstone Valley Pl
Lincoln, RI
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Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine

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Fellowship Health Resource Inc
(401) 333-3980
25 Blackstone Valley Pl
Lincoln, RI
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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William E OtTowitz
(401) 333-3810
1464 Diamond Hill Rd
Cumberland, RI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Leah Oseas Cullen
(401) 475-0914
85 Beechwood Ave
Pawtucket, RI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Mental Health Assoc of Ri
(401) 726-2422
286 East Ave
Pawtucket, RI
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Ginger L Manzo
(401) 475-7610
2 Wake Robin Rd Unit 206
Lincoln, RI
Specialty
Child Psychiatry

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William Howard Lundy
(401) 658-4555
175 Nate Whipple Hwy
Cumberland, RI
Specialty
Neuropsychiatry

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Maurice Bermon
(401) 333-3810
1464 Diamond Hill Rd
Cumberland, RI
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Psychiatry

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Peter Politser
(401) 722-3560
101 Bacon St
Pawtucket, RI
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Psychiatry

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Stephen L Chabat
(401) 722-3560
101 Bacon St
Pawtucket, RI
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Psychiatry

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The Upside of Sadness

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Have trouble remembering things? Maybe you’re just too happy. A recent University of Virginia study found that sad people remembered words more accurately than those who are lovin’ life. The study tested 100 undergraduates who were exposed to two different mood-inducing classical music selections to evoke either happiness (Mozart) or sadness (Mahler).

Once their moods had been altered, the students were shown lists of words that they were then asked to recall. The researchers found that subjects who were feeling cheerier were more likely to lapse into “relational processing,” which means that as they listened they made associations with the words and thought about bigger issues rather than the specifics of the task. Consequently this group’s test scores were lower than their gloomier compatriots.

“A positive mood is more expansive, sees the larger picture and tends to make more associations,” says study author Justin Storbeck. “Sad people, on the other hand, tend to stick to the facts, pay attention to details, and use more item-specific processing.”

The study even puts a positive spin on sadness. “We used to think about negative emotions as being dysfunctional,” says Storbeck, “but sometimes they can be beneficial, depending on the task.”

Elizabeth Marglin

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