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Research Into The Winter Blues

by Scott Cameron
Jan 3, 2011

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Winter months are often dark and gloomy and peoples' moods often follow suit. A well-timed article in Discovery News reports on a recent study in Germany that looked at the effects of weather on moods.

It turns out that most people might fall into one of four categories when it comes to their moods and weather, say researchers who have studied more than 2,000 Germans by way of daily questionnaires about their moods and other happenings in their lives.

"We saw differences and we actually categorized people according to their differences," said Jaap Denissen of Humboldt University in Berlin. He and his colleagues have submitted their latest work, an expansion of an earlier study, to the journal Emotion.

The four categories Denissen and his team identified are 1) those people who are unaffected by the weather or seasons, 2) people who love summer, 3) people who hate summer and 4) people who love rain.

The researchers, "also found that children tend to be the same types as their mothers. However, they do not know yet if the categories have any genetic basis or are learned." You can find more about the study, and what the researchers learned, at

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