Science Summary

Positive feelings have a ‘contagious’ effect, enhancing the wellbeing of yourself and those around you. Negative feelings have a similar contagious effect, and can spread worry and stress if they persist.

Optimizing positive feelings and mastering stress is associated with the ability to respond rapidly to positive information, and ignore the negative. When feeling stressed and down, responses to this positive information are slowed, and the negative information stands out. This has been referred to as a ‘mood congruent bias’ (1,2). It has been linked to systems involving the frontal brain regions (3).

1. Erickson K et al.. (2005). American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 2171-2173.

2. Murphy FC et al. (1999). Psychological Medicine, 29, 1307–1321

3. Elliott R et al. (2002). Archives of General Psychiatry, 2002, 597-604.

Self Regulation Skills
Positivity-Negativity Bias


Social Capacity

Feeling Skills
Stress Level

Anxiety Level

Depressed Mood Level

Thinking Skills
Sustained Attention


Controlled Attention


Executive Function

Processing Speed

Recall Memory

Working Memory

Motor Coordination

Emotion Skills
Identifying Emotions

Emotion Bias