Mood and Performance (09-22-20)

Research by Weiss and Merlo confirms the value of designing spaces to support particular moods.  The Weiss-Merlo team reports, that “affective [emotional] states influence work performance by impacting the attentional resources dedicated to the task. . . . When people fully engage their attention on the task, performance is optimized. . . .  negative affective states negatively influence concurrent . . . performance through attentional misallocation. . . . positive affective states can enhance attentional focus and . . . performance.”

Howard Weiss and Kelsey Merlo.  “Affect, Attention, and Episodic Performance.”  Current Directions in Psychological Science, in press, https://doi.org/10.1177/0963721420949496