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?