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Good Mood Helps Boost Brain Power in Older Adults

January 30, 2013

Ellen Peters Older adults can improve their decision making and working memory simply by putting on a happy face, a new study suggests. Researchers found that easy mood-boosters--like giving people a small bag of candy--helped seniors do significantly better on tests of decision-making and working memory. Full Story

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