Pressure-filled situations like difficult conversations tax our working memory. That’s bad news, since working memory is crucial for reasoning, concentration, and understanding. But here’s the good news: There’s a specific type of brief writing activity that can both reduce anxiety about and boost performance under pressure.
- Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To by Sian Beilock
- For worriers, expressive writing cools brain on stressful tasks
- Worried about performing well under stress? Write it out
- The effect of expressive writing on the error-related negativity among individuals with chronic worry
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