When stressed, the brain goes ‘cheap’

By Bethany Brookshire, 15:59 PM December 19, 2013

When we’re not under pressure, we have time to reflect on the best course before making a decision. In times of stress, however, we fall back on quick and dirty decision making. A new study attempts to clarify how stress changes the way we perform working memory tasks.

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