Quick! Neurohack Your Mood
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WELCOME! But wait...what are we doing here?! 
Two-minute welcome/explainer video below. If you've seen it already, scroll down for a text explanation instead.
A QUICK RECAP (in case you skipped the video or want more details)
What is this and how long will it take?
You're about to do a 4-minute self-experiment. 
Specifically, you'll take a short mood survey (approx 1 minute). Then, you'll do a fun activity (approx. 2 mins). Then, you'll take the mood survey again (approx 1 min). Then, you'll receive an email interpreting your results - did your mood change? You'll also get a raw summary of your responses.
So...that's 1 mins for the pre-test, 2 mins for the intervention, 1 min for the post-test = 4 mins total.

What's the purpose?
To boost your mood. It leads to a measurable boost in mood for over 80% of participants. Because there's a test before and after, it allows you to discover whether this activity works for you *right now*. Try it many times - and under different circumstances - to see when it works best for you!

How will I know if it worked?
If your mood score improves on the MFA, you'll know your mood was boosted this time. The MFA (Momentary Feelings Assessment) is a short survey about emotions and feelings from p. 88 of Smarter Tomorrow. It is based on findings from the positive psychology literature and neuropsychological assessments such as the widely used PANAS (Positive and Negative Affect Schedule). To know whether this particular mood booster is a good fit for you long-term, you'll want to repeat the self-experiment multiple times.
For more on how to run a good self-experiment, check out chapter 4, "Nuts & Bolts" in the book "Smarter Tomorrow" by Elizabeth R. Ricker: ericker.com/the-book.

What's some of the science behind this?
Mood exists in a feedback loop with other mental abilities, such as emotional self-regulation, certain aspects of executive function, learning and memory, and creativity. Improving mood can help boost those other mental abilities. You can dive more into neurohacking and those other abilities in the book Smarter Tomorrow (ericker.com/the-book).

Mood's effect on creativity is nuanced:
-Short video clip: https://bit.ly/3o6e10Y.
-A scholarly summary: https://bit.ly/3LRBgXy.
-Enhancement of divergent thinking (eg brainstorming, new idea generation): https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jpr.12093 

Mood interacts with other aspects of cognition and mental performance:
-Overview of the dynamic coalitions between brain networks involved in emotions and cognition: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5641447_Pessoa_L_On_the_relationship_between_emotion_and_cognition_Nat_Rev_Neurosci_9_148-158
-Positive mood can be helpful in learning new rules or noticing patterns: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/47544150_Better_Mood_and_Better_Performance_Learning_Rule-Described_Categories_Is_Enhanced_by_Positive_Mood 
-Positive mood can be helpful in navigating spaces: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280581315_Situated_navigational_working_memory_the_role_of_positive_mood

More questions?
Just email neurohacks@ericker.com.
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