The impact of positive mood on learning

Tanis Bryan, Sarup Mathur, Karen Sullivan

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Abstract

The primary intent of this study was to examine the effects of a brief positive mood induction on a learning task that stimulates beginning reading acquisition. A secondary intent was to examine the durability of this effect across a period of two weeks. Sixty students, half average-achieving and half with learning disabilities, were randomly assigned to either a positive or a neutral mood induction condition. In an effort to control for the effects of prior knowledge, all students received instruction in elementary Hindi language on a series of five tasks. After two weeks, the instruction and tasks were readministered. The results of a MANCOVA indicated that both groups of students in the positive mood condition performed better than those in the neutral condition, although not statistically so. However, gain scores indicated that across a two-week period, students with learning disabilities in the positive condition performed significantly better than students with learning disabilities in the neutral condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-162
Number of pages10
JournalLearning Disability Quarterly
Volume19
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Bryan, T., Mathur, S., & Sullivan, K. (1996). The impact of positive mood on learning. Learning Disability Quarterly, 19(3), 153-162.

The impact of positive mood on learning. / Bryan, Tanis; Mathur, Sarup; Sullivan, Karen.

In: Learning Disability Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 3, 06.1996, p. 153-162.

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Bryan, T, Mathur, S & Sullivan, K 1996, 'The impact of positive mood on learning', Learning Disability Quarterly, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 153-162.
Bryan, Tanis ; Mathur, Sarup ; Sullivan, Karen. / The impact of positive mood on learning. In: Learning Disability Quarterly. 1996 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 153-162.
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