Acute stress improves working memory, research suggests

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 16:49 in Psychology & Sociology

Stress is no fun. Chronic stress can ruin your health. But the body’s response to troubling situations is not without benefit. New research shows that after a brief encounter with a stressful scenario, the resulting acute stress actually makes you smarter. Or at least it improves the working memory of rats by ramping up production of neurotransmitters in the prefrontal cortex, a key region of the brain controlling emotion and cognition.

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