Neuro-Insight Module: Stress and Executive Functioning

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Always thought that stress is a good motivator? 

Yes – you and the rest of society!  

BUT… The most recent research shows it is not.  Even mild stress only improves executive functioning in a tiny fraction of people. The rest of us perform best in total calm. 

Join Victoria Bagnall as she runs through the latest research from Professor Adele Diamond’s lab at the University of British Columbia.  


  • The effect stress has on executive functioning
  • The impact of mild socio-evaluative stress on executive functioning
  • The implications for using shame and fear of embarrassment as motivators
  • Why we should focus on achieving states of calm in order to do our best work

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