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Study: Happiness Improves Developers' Problem Solving Skills 91

itwbennett writes "Researchers at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy have found that happier programmers (or, more specifically, computer science students at the university) were significantly more likely to score higher on a problem solving assessment. The researchers first measured the emotional states of study participants using a measure devised by psychologists called the Scale of Positive and Negative Experience Affect Balance (SPANE-B) score. They then tested participants' creativity (ability to write creative photo captions) and problem-solving ability (playing the Tower of London game). The results: happiness didn't affect creativity, but did improve problem-solving ability."
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Study: Happiness Improves Developers' Problem Solving Skills

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 12, 2014 @10:12PM (#46470355)

    People good at solving problems are happier.

  • Real World (Score:2, Insightful)

    by jawnah ( 1022209 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2014 @10:21PM (#46470397)
    I'm not really sure this is applicable to the real world since most software developers don't live/work in Silicon Valley so the concept of taking a break to go play volleyball or hackeysack is pretty much a "non-starter". I think they should really evaluate the productivity of developers in the two scenarios that most apply to the real world: 1) Your managers are incompetent when it comes to what it is that you do, how you do your job, and what makes you happy. They do, however, understand obnoxious "development methods" resulting in a countless number of ways for them to waste your time doing everything BUT developing software. 2) Your managers DO understand your job and work very hard to give you a productive environment and support you in what you do. They keep everything other than software development off your plate so that you can focus on doing what's best.
  • Re:Real World (Score:4, Insightful)

    by causality ( 777677 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2014 @11:28PM (#46470631)

    I believe that the "real world" is a fallacy. Everyone has their own perception of reality.

    I would go so far as to say that you never truly reached adulthood until you can clearly and effortlessly distinguish objective, evidence-based reality from your own subjective feelings and opinions and wishes. Objectivity is when your own tastes and preferences do not influence your decision-making about anything important.

    Until you can do that, life is a chaotic mess with no solutions except those that create more and more problems.

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?