IDEA #30

Stress leads to poor decision-making

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Be careful when making decisions while under pressure or stressed.

What you need to know

For some time neuroscientists have been able to demonstrate that when we are under stress our decision-making skills are compromised. In a 1987 study of more than 100 men and women, individuals exposed to stress ‘showed a significant tendency to offer solutions [to decision problems on a computer] before all available alternatives had been considered and to scan their alternatives in a non-systematic fashion [compared to] participants who were not exposed to stress’. In other words, under stress, the individuals ...

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