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People Jump To Conclusions When They’re Stressed

Provided By - Video Elephant on July 30, 2021
A new study has found that people are much quicker to jump to the worst conclusion when they are stressed. 91 volunteers were asked to play a categorization game. They could gather as much evidence as they wanted to decide whether they were in a desirable or undesirable environment. Before playing the game, 40 participants were told that they had to give a public speech, which led to them feeling stressed. It was found that the stressed volunteers needed weaker evidence to conclude that they were in an undesirable environment. Our research suggests that under stress, people weigh each piece of evidence that supports undesirable conclusions more than when they are relaxed, Professor Tali Sharot, University College London. The researchers say that many of the most significant choices that people make happen when they feel stressed

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