MemoryStress and Memory

Working Memory and Pressure

Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Soledad O Brien of CNN discuss Sian Beilocks research on intelligence and choking.

When pressure, time demands, peers, and monetary rewards were added to a task, participants with a high working memory capacity did 10% worse than when they completed the task under no pressure.

Participants with a lower working memory capacity received the same score regardless of pressure. Explain the working memory capacity trade-off under high pressure. Who performs better, people with high working memory or low working memory?

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