Title

The Effects of Weather on an Individual’s Mood

Date

5-31-2018 5:00 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 7:00 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Session Chair

Jaime Cloud

Session Chair

Brent King

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences poster Session

Presentation Type

Poster session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Jamie Cloud

Abstract

Previous research has illustrated a correlation between weather and the effect it has on mood. The purpose of this study was to investigate the well-documented effects that weather has on an individual’s mood. I predicted that there would be a positive correlation between participants and their mood after being exposed to a bright sunny day at the beach, and a negative correlation between participants who were exposed to a dark, rainy thunderstorm and their mood. It was also predicted that males would be less negatively impacted by a dark, rainy thunderstorm than females. Participants (N = 40) were asked to flip a coin to determine which weather condition they would be exposed to: heads was a bright sunny day at the beach and tails was a dark rainy thunderstorm. Then participants watched a two-minute video of the weather condition. After the video clip was over, the participants completed the PANAS Questionnaire to determine if the participants have a positive affect or a negative affect. The data will be analyzed using a 2 x 2 Analysis of Variance. Implications of the obtained findings and future directions will be discussed.

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May 31st, 5:00 PM May 31st, 7:00 PM

The Effects of Weather on an Individual’s Mood

WUC Pacific Room

Previous research has illustrated a correlation between weather and the effect it has on mood. The purpose of this study was to investigate the well-documented effects that weather has on an individual’s mood. I predicted that there would be a positive correlation between participants and their mood after being exposed to a bright sunny day at the beach, and a negative correlation between participants who were exposed to a dark, rainy thunderstorm and their mood. It was also predicted that males would be less negatively impacted by a dark, rainy thunderstorm than females. Participants (N = 40) were asked to flip a coin to determine which weather condition they would be exposed to: heads was a bright sunny day at the beach and tails was a dark rainy thunderstorm. Then participants watched a two-minute video of the weather condition. After the video clip was over, the participants completed the PANAS Questionnaire to determine if the participants have a positive affect or a negative affect. The data will be analyzed using a 2 x 2 Analysis of Variance. Implications of the obtained findings and future directions will be discussed.