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Do you ever forget about an upsetting memory, but then the next time you are in a sad mood; you can't help but remember it? If you have, you're experiencing mood-dependent learning. This means that people find that when they recall memories that are bad than good when in a bad mood, and good rather than bad when they are in a good mood. To me this is so true, because it literally is the story of my life. Every time I'm in a bad mood, I can't help but reminisce on the memories that I thought I had finally forgotten. The memories are the ones that are full of heartbreak and tears. There are specific ones that never even cross my mind until I'm in a sad mood. I find it so interesting that our minds are able to do this to us. I mean they are so good at tricking us, then bam! those memories hit you like a bus. Penelope A. Lewis and Hugo D. Critchley wrote an article explaining the whole concept of mood-dependent memory very well. They go back all the way to 1917, the first dated time that mood influenced memory was noted. They all talk about the evidence that has been used to support this concept. To me this concept is very applicable in everyone's life. I think if people actually think of they realize that this concept does truly affect them. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MiamiImageURL&_cid=271877&_user=616288&_pii=S1364661303002183&_check=y&_coverDate=2003-10-31&view=c&_gw=y&wchp=dGLbVlV-zSkWb&_valck=1&md5=183b8bdfa9f336cbe98306de250d87cd&ie=/sdarticle.pdf

Sleep walking is a disorder known all around the world, but sleep eating is not. Sleep eating formally known as SRED (sleep related eating disorder) affects millions, mostly women, around the world. Sleep eating is when one eats in the middle of the night while they are sleeping. The part of the brain that controls movement "wakes up" while the side of the brain that controls judgment and reasoning remains asleep. ABC did a story on two women affected by SRED. The first one, Amy, started sleep eating as soon as she was able to walk. She ate almost every night of her childhood. Amy suffered from this for two decades and didn't ever have extra weight gain. She was the lucky one, unlike Anna. Anna gained 60 pounds in a year and a half, without having any idea of how. Anna would just wake up and be exhausted all day with no clue of how. When she went to the doctor, they suggested she participate in a sleep study. By participating in the study, Anna realized she was eating in her sleep. Scientists are still unsure of what causes this disorder; most think it has something to do with genetics. They do however know medication usually helps cure it. Some patients don't respond as quickly as others, but eventually they always find something that will help them. I could not even imagine eating in my sleep and not even knowing it. If I was diagnosed with this disorder I would be afraid, half because of choking and the other half would be to not know what I was eating.
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MedicalMysteries/story?id=5483978&page=1

Sleep walking is a disorder known all around the world, but sleep eating is not. Sleep eating formally known as SRED (sleep related eating disorder) affects millions, mostly women, around the world. Sleep eating is when one eats in the middle of the night while they are sleeping. The part of the brain that controls movement "wakes up" while the side of the brain that controls judgment and reasoning remains asleep. ABC did a story on two women affected by SRED. The first one, Amy, started sleep eating as soon as she was able to walk. She ate almost every night of her childhood. Amy suffered from this for two decades and didn't ever have extra weight gain. She was the lucky one, unlike Anna. Anna gained 60 pounds in a year and a half, without having any idea of how. Anna would just wake up and be exhausted all day with no clue of how. When she went to the doctor, they suggested she participate in a sleep study. By participating in the study, Anna realized she was eating in her sleep. Scientists are still unsure of what causes this disorder; most think it has something to do with genetics. They do however know medication usually helps cure it. Some patients don't respond as quickly as others, but eventually they always find something that will help them. I could not even imagine eating in my sleep and not even knowing it. If I was diagnosed with this disorder I would be afraid, half because of choking and the other half would be to not know what I was eating.

I can see your halo

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The halo effect: is the tendency of rating of one positive characteristic to spill over to influence the ratings of other positive characteristics. To put this is simple terms; you're basically blinded by one's beauty or your love for them, to notice anything wrong. A classic example of the halo effect we've more than likely all have seen is from the TV show Friends, with Gunther and Rachel. Gunther is in love with Rachel. He thinks she is the prettiest woman ever, and he loves her. By him having these feelings, he does not see what a horrible waitress she actually is. She never gets people their right drink, sits down on the clock, and gives her friends free coffee. Gunther never fires her though, because he is under the halo effect. The halo effect does not let him see all the things she is doing wrong. Therefore, she gets to keep her job no matter how bad she messes up.
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I think it is safe to say the halo effect, affects all of us at least once at a point in our lives. It is most commonly found in love. My time, in life, when the halo effect occurred was when I was with an ex-boyfriend of mine. I was in love with him, which caused me not to see he did not treat me right. He was constantly putting me down, ditching me last minute for no reason, and just being super cruel. I was in love with though so I stayed with him, because I thought he was perfect. It wasn't until I took a chance to step back and look at the relationship from an outside view, that I realized he was no good. So, I broke up with him and had no regrets about it. This just shows us that we all can be affected by the halo effect, but we can overcome it.

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