When good moods go decisively bad

Positive feelings can lead to less than ideal choices in seniors

By Bruce Bower, 10:17 AM May 4, 2012

Feeling peppy may lead older adults to settle for less. In a new study, seniors in a good mood compared fewer options and made worse choices than did those in a bad mood or younger participants.

“Positive emotions may have costs for older adults’ decision making,” says study coauthor Bettina von Helversen, a psychologist at the University of Basel in Switzerland.

A bright mood makes it harder to select a quality option from a series of choices, such as finding a bargain on a new computer ...

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