New research suggests people under stress are more likely to look on the positive side of things when making choices.
Researchers studying the effects of stress on decision-making found that anxiety changes the way people weigh risks and rewards.
Their results, released Tuesday, seem somewhat counter-intuitive, as stress is normally associated with negative experiences and outcomes.
“It’s a bit surprising that stress makes people focus on the way things could go right,” said Mara Mather of the University of Southern California, who co-wrote the paper with Nichole R. Lighthall for the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.
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