An antiques dealer has been using curtain lights in an attempt to lure tourists into his store.
In the process, they’ve helped attract a lot of tourists to the area, and it seems like an incredibly effective marketing ploy.
But do curtains actually have an effect on your mood?
According to a new study from the University of Chicago, the answer to that question is yes, at least for some people.
The study, published this week in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, analyzed the moods of 10 people, ages 18 to 30, who purchased curtain lights and had them placed in a room for 30 minutes, then were asked to rate their moods.
The results showed that the more people viewed the lights as an advertisement, the more depressed they felt.
The same effect was observed for people who viewed them as a harmless way to distract them from their feelings.
Interestingly, people who felt depressed when viewing the lights were more likely to say that the lights caused them to lose interest in their own lives and instead focus on the lights, the researchers report.
“It’s a bit like the ‘Star Wars’ effect,” lead researcher Elizabeth St. Martin told ABC News.
“When you see something that’s a threat to your existence, you want to take action.
When you see that something that is threatening to you is going to be a safe place, you will take action to protect it.”
The researchers also found that people who experienced more stress in their lives felt the lights cause them to feel more positive emotions, which is the opposite of what the study found.
“If people are stressed, they’re going to react negatively to the lights,” St. Peter said.
“We know that the stress response is one of the things that triggers negative emotions in people.
So it’s not just the light that makes people angry, it’s also the way that people react to it.”
St. Peter believes that the researchers’ study may provide a bit more insight into how the curtains affect people’s moods and moods themselves.
“The study also shows that the effect is also more pronounced for the young people who have been exposed to the light,” she said.
“So this could be a very good indicator of how the lights can have an impact on young people’s experience of mood.”
In a follow-up study, St. Michael and St. Pierre conducted a similar experiment on another group of 10 tourists who visited the antiques store.
They used a slightly different approach, however, and used a combination of videos of the lights and a self-assessment questionnaire.
“When we see a scene that we feel emotionally vulnerable to, we may feel more vulnerable to viewing the light as a way to escape that,” St.-Pierre told ABC.
“In this case, we did find that we were more vulnerable and more negative when we viewed the light, as opposed to watching the video.”
The study authors also found the same effect for the students.
However, the study only looked at a group of tourists who watched the lights for 30 seconds, while St. Paul and St-Pierre looked at the students for 30 hours.
“There was a pretty dramatic effect, but the effect was more pronounced in the young adults,” St-Martin said.
St. Martin said the research was limited to a very small group of people and doesn’t prove curtains affect the way people perceive them, or how much they actually experience.
However it does provide a small but interesting test of the theory that they can be a form of self-fulfilling prophecy.
“I think this may be something that we should be looking at more in the context of the social psychology of self interest,” she added.
“I think people may have different expectations of what a curtain light is, and they may have a different expectation of what they think the curtains mean, or what the effect might be on their mood.”
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