The latest findings of a research which was based at the University of New South Wales published in the journal Australasian Science found that a state of melancholy might actually be desirable as they get people moving in the direction where they are able to reach the desired peak performance.
These new results have contradicted the earlier research findings that have suggested divergent thinking was enhanced by positive moods while those who committed more errors were not in better moods.
The study claimed that when people were in a bad mood, they completed tasks better than those subjects who were in a good mood. The lead researcher, Professor Joseph Forgas with a team of other scientists reviewed a number of studies whereby the subjects were induced to be in either bad or good mood.
The Scientific American reported that grumpy people paid more attention to details and demonstrated less gullibility towards assigned tasks, thereby resulting in less errors of judgment.
The researchers also agreed that people with bad moods were able to construct much better persuasive arguments that were of higher-quality, as compared to the subject with good moods.
Another study even supported the idea that the subjects who showed signs of the 4 basic negative emotions which were of anger, disgust, fear or sadness succeeded in achieving a more reliable eyewitness recall and practically eliminating the consequence of misinformation.