Friday, December 27, 2013

Anxious Before Tests?!...

Well, from a new set of studies published in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Allison Wood Brooks, a psychologist at Harvard Business School who studies performance under stress, found that "individuals who reappraise their anxious arousal as excitement feel more excited and perform better". In other words, it's better to be pumped than to try and calm yourself down.

In fact, in framing performance anxiety as excitement, Prof. Brooks positions excitement as an "intervention that can be used quickly and easily to prime an opportunity mind-set and improve performance", as opposed to a challenge or threat that can undermine.