Stress and Decision Making

Stress can impact decision making in several ways. It can affect cognitive functioning, leading to decreased attention, memory, and executive function, which can make it difficult to process information and make effective decisions. 

It can also cause emotional responses, such as anxiety or fear, which can impair rational thinking and lead to impulsive or hasty decisions. In high-stakes situations, stress can cause individuals to adopt a narrow focus, leading to a reduction in flexibility and creativity, and an increased risk of errors. 

Additionally, chronic stress can lead to burnout and decreased motivation, making it difficult for individuals to engage in decision-making activities altogether.

 

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