Cheer up, emo kids
A new study from UVA and England's University of Plymouth may give sad kids a reason to smile–- even if it's only for a little while. These studies show that when attention to detail is needed, children in a happy mood may be less likely to perform well. In contrast, the study authors (who include UVA assistant professor of psychology Vikram Jaswal) found, "Sadness indicates that something is amiss, triggering detail-oriented, analytical processing." Let's hope the slew of A-plusses the sad kids receive don't make them too happy to analyze everything in excruciating detail.