Stress diminishes judgment



Depression. Insomnia. Weight gain. Now add poor judgment to the list of how stress affects your life.

Yes, we’ve turned into jugglers: a job, children, pets, dinner plans, visits to family, vacuuming the house. But, the bad news is that when we’re stressed, we don’t work at peak capacity.

That’s according to a new study on the effect of stress on the brain.
The latest report comes from New York’s Weill Medical College at Cornell and Rockefeller University, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“For the study, 20 medical students about to take board exams — all of them stressed — were examined via functional MRI, which measures flow of blood in the brain, as they performed different tasks,” according to the story. “Researchers compared the performance and brain function of the medical students with a group of similarly aged subjects who were not stressed. When put to two tasks that measured the ability to shift attention and then shift back, the medical students performed far worse than the relaxed group.”

– By Charles Yoo

How do you think stress is affecting your body? What has been your experience?

2 comments Add your comment


February 10th, 2009
1:55 pm

Maybe the group that was stressed were stressed because they didn’t know the material and knew they would struggle. They clearly have transposed cause and effect here. I would hope someone who has to work in life and death situations would be able to manage stress.


January 17th, 2010
9:35 am

I just read an article about football coaches and stress. Suddenly they are different from the common man who doesn’t get paid millions and doesn’t get to do what he or she wants. Dooley was saying he didn’t spend much time with his children, guess what my dad wasn’t a coach, and I never saw him. Many children in my generation will say the same. I can remember seeing Dooley on several golf courses in my time, my dad was a national ranked senior tennis player. Bill Curry was quoted also and I always feel stress when I have to listen to people that are never wrong giving me advise. My thought is these men are the problem not the jobs. They are prideful self centered perfectionist for their own causes. If they think they feel stress I can promise it is not near the stress they give others around them having to live with their self importance. There are a few women that fit this mold too. If you look around and find yourself on scholarship at someone else’s expense be real with yourself you are either loving it or you can make a change.