Sunday, April 04, 2010

Think Fast!

I recently posted a short video on the practical benefits of improv. Here's another:
This experiment found that the speed of thought affects mood. Thought speed was manipulated via participants’ paced reading of statements designed to induce either an elated or a depressed mood. Participants not only experienced more positive mood in response to elation than in response to depression statements, but also experienced an independent increase in positive mood when they had been thinking fast rather than slow—for both elation and depression statements.


  1. Fast thinking makes you happy unless the thoughts are repetitive, which leads to anxiety. Fast and *varied* thinking leads to elation. (I posted about this here:

  2. Great point Justin. It seems the different kind of thought processes that improv requires results in yet another benefit!


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