We engage in various activities every day; we perform tasks at work, play sports, work on a project, drive, cook, talk, play music, etc. Some of these activities are more important to us than others, but when we really want to succeed, especially when we are put under pressure, we do not always feel that we perform at our best. We get stressed and our brain goes into “fight or flight” mode. Our frontal cortex, which plays a crucial role in our performance, shuts down. This enables us to escape any threats in our external world, but at the same time negatively impacts on our cognitive performance.
In his video Dr. Alan Watkins talks about the effects of stresses on our biology and cognitive abilites and shows us ways to improve our functionning in our everyday lifes: