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Will Yo-Yo Ma Make You Angry? (Chronicle of Higher Education) Archives

The authors of new study titled “Should People Pursue Feelings That Feel Good or Feelings That Do Good? Emotional Preferences and Well-Being” that used particular songs as a way to understand how people make use of emotion have determined that trying to be happy all the time can make you unhappy. Before a role-playing confrontation in one part of the study, researches allowed subjects to choose music that had previously been deemed to provoke confrontation, happiness, or something in between (like Yo-Yo Ma’s “Indecision”).