For years scientists and researchers have studied the negative effects stress can have on people’s lives but until just recently there were very few benefits to stress. According to an educational research study released this week however stress can actually lead to improved memory functions.
The study was conducted at the University of Bristol and contrary to predictions students under extreme stress actually outperformed their unstressed counterparts. The reason for this is also quite clear according to them; the hormones released when under stress are apparently closely related to memory recall and storage.
Researchers went on to say that being stressed while learning or reviewing information basically increases a student’s ability to remember what they are doing. They say that for thousands of college students around the world this is good news, especially given current study habits.
Of course there is always a drawback as well; researchers confirmed that being over stressed will in fact have the opposite effect on students. Too much of the stress hormones will apparently put the brain into a mode of confusion and as a result much of the information being studied is not able to be remembered or recalled at a later date. Further studies are being conducted by numerous colleges to further investigate how stress and hormones are related though at this time much of the scientific world agrees that a moderate level of stress is good for students to help boost their memory and memory recall functions.