Stress Makes It Harder to Recognize Danger
Published:27 Oct.2017    Source:Psychology Today

Stress comes in different forms—pain, hunger, fear, psychological upset. When we’re under stress, it’s often assumed that we are on heightened alert. If something hurts us, we imagine that an internal security system clicks on, scanning for other signs of danger.


But a new study led by New York University neuroscientists reveals that being under acute stress diminishes our ability to pay attention to changes around us that might be threatening, like a swerving car or an unexpected shift in a person’s behavior. That delay in recognition may put us at risk of not responding appropriately to new dangers.