…on this intuitive performance. The experimenters computed an “intuition index” to measure accuracy. They found that putting the participants in a good mood before the test by having them think happy thoughts more than doubled accuracy. An even more striking result is that unhappy subjects were completely incapable of performing the intuitive task accurately; their guesses were no better than random.
This makes me think of listening to music while writing. It makes it make more sense that I write more easily, and enter a flow state, more often when listening to certain types of music.
Your explanation makes this make more sense. On one front the music is lifting my mood, making me happier or more excited. And because I am often listening to the same music, I am creating familiariarity. My brain becomes relaxed and trusts the environment it knows.
It makes sense. Definitely going to look into this more.
Thanks for sharing your excerpt!