The University of Wisconsin has released a new study showing that stress impairs attention, and causes damage to working memory.
The study observed the neurons in the brain’s prefrontal cortex to understand how stress effects that area of the brain.
The prefrontal cortex help’s humans remember information in the first place.
The study says that you don’t need the prefrontal cortex for many other reasons other than to stay on task.
Craig Berridge, UW-Madison psychology professor said “People without a prefrontal cortex are very distractible,” and “They’re very impulsive. They can be very argumentative.”
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Research shows that stress impairs short term memory and attention.