What does rapid thinking do to people? The above chart summarizes an article about rapid thinking from Scientific American. Scientists from Harvard and Princeton found that accelerated and varied thoughts improve your mood and can change a lousy day to possibly a creative one. However, if ones thoughts are fast and repetitive, it can cause anxiety. If these thoughts were slowed down, and are repetitive, it may cause depressive thoughts. If these slow thoughts were varied, thoughts of peaceful happiness, commonly associated with meditation would be stimulated.
Why does speed of thought affect mood? The researchers infer that dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that is important for motivation and pleasure, maybe stimulated.