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Can Watching Viral Videos Make You Smarter?

Posted By Nicole Shea On June 3, 2011 @ 5:50 pm In Entertainment | Comments Disabled

Can watching viral videos make you smarter or more productive?

In a study published in the journal Psychological Science [1], researchers from the University of Western Ontario found that people who watched happy videos increased their problem-solving abilities over those who watched neutral or sad videos. Woo hoo! According to researcher Ruby Nadler, “If you have a project where you want to think innovatively, or you have a problem to carefully consider, being in a positive mood can help you do that.”

As a lover of viral videos (and fuzzy animals doing cute things and laughing babies), this is music to my ears. So, I am going to use this space to celebrate amazing viral videos that deserve another look-and that will increase your productivity, make you smarter, probably more fashionable and more interesting, and at least for a minute or two, happier.

Disclaimer: I have no qualms with liberally using emoticons in a blog that celebrates viral videos, visual splendor and general web cuteness.

Without further ado, I present to you…



It was produced in 2005 by Sony for their Bravia line of TV’s. It’s still awesome, right? ┬áReleasing 250,000 bouncy balls in the streets of San Francisco looks about as amazing as I would have imagined.

Check out this ‘The Making of’ video [3] to see how they pulled it off…

YouTube Preview Image [4]

And if you move quickly, you might be able to snag one of these amazing limited edition prints [5] by photographer Peter Funch… [6]
Bouncing Balls photo by Peter Funch [7]

Have a video to share? I’d love to hear from you.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Psychological Science: http://pss.sagepub.com/content/21/12/1770

[2] BOUNCING BALLS! : http://www.vimeo.com/14504562

[3] ‘The Making of’ video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP5J4W5GQ3w

[4] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1bEOtpqYpA

[5] limited edition prints: http://www.lumas.com/?id=719&type=0&wid=876&artist=27&ed=

[6] photographer Peter Funch…: http://www.peterfunch.com/

[7] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/bouncy-balls-san-francisco-commercial-peter-funch.jpg?w=300

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