We have heard about the bad effects of stress. But can stress help us make better and more definitive decisions?
Research has found that perceived threat triggers a stress reaction that make us better at processing information – but only as long as it conveys bad news.
A study, cited in a story on BBC.com, says some of the most important decisions we make in our lifetime occur while we feel stressed and anxious.
61From medical decisions to financial and professional ones
These ups and downs in the lives of firefighters present the perfect setting for an experiment on how people’s ability to use information changes when they feel under pressure.
We found that perceived threat triggered a stress reaction that made the firefighters better at processing information – but only as long as it conveyed bad news.
83Research has shown that people are normally quite optimistic – they will ignore the bad news and embrace the good. This is what happened when the firefighters were relaxed; but when they were under stress