Stress Disrupts Human Thinking, But The Brain Can Bounce Back

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 09:29 in Psychology & Sociology

Med school students prepping for their boards and rodents digging for food have a bit of psychology in common: Stress hampers their nimbler thinking abilities. A new neuroimaging study, building on earlier rodent research, shows that stressed-out men, like rats, have a hard time shifting their attention from one task to another. But the work holds good news too, for both rats and humans: Their brains are resilient. Less than one month after the stress disappears, the quick thinking returns.

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