That’s a single minute. Or, in other words, a very short amount of time. Think of all the many minutes soldiers or police officers spend using “physical exertion in a threatening situation,” as the study defines combat. Now think of all the lost memories. Looking at a group of police officers, researchers determined the effects of these situations on their brains. “As exhaustion takes over, cognitive resources tend to diminish. The ability to fully shift attention is inhibited, so even potentially relevant information might not be attended to. Ultimately, memory is determined by what we can process and attend to,” explained Dr. Lorraine Hope.
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