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Multimedia Producer with aarp.org. Lover of viral videos, especially ones involving laughing babies, mash-ups, auto-tuner and fuzzy animals.

Can Watching Viral Videos Make You Smarter?

Can watching viral videos make you smarter or more productive? In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, 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 …