Neuroscience has also shown us that positive emotions tend to enhance the functioning of our prefrontal cortex having, what social psychologist Barbara Fredrickson termed, a “broaden and build” effect. That is, positive emotions help us think more openly, creatively and laterally. With positive emotions we tend to be more open to new ideas. We also tend to think more deeply about issues and see more options. Positive emotions also increase dopamine levels, which are important for interest in things and learning. Conversely, negative emotions limit the functioning of our prefrontal cortex, narrowing our thinking and limiting our interpretation of events. Negative emotions tend to
diminish our cognitive resources. Thus, we can become biased in our views, lose our capacity to objectively evaluate situations and conceptualise our best responses to them.
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