Title

The Effects of Short Term Stress on Working Memory

Date

5-30-2013 9:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Psychology Poster Session 1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ethan McMahan

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

This study predicted that low levels of stress are beneficial for learning. Participants consisted of 13 females and 7 males (M = 21.75, SD = 4.35 years). Using a between method design, participants were randomly assigned a condition; a no-stress, a low-stress – induced by a variation of the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST), or a high-stress – a more difficult TSST task. Working memory was then evaluated using a Digit Span Test. Participants who received the low-levels of stress performed better at the Digit Span Test. These results suggest that working memory may be improved with low levels of stress.

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May 30th, 9:00 AM

The Effects of Short Term Stress on Working Memory

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

This study predicted that low levels of stress are beneficial for learning. Participants consisted of 13 females and 7 males (M = 21.75, SD = 4.35 years). Using a between method design, participants were randomly assigned a condition; a no-stress, a low-stress – induced by a variation of the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST), or a high-stress – a more difficult TSST task. Working memory was then evaluated using a Digit Span Test. Participants who received the low-levels of stress performed better at the Digit Span Test. These results suggest that working memory may be improved with low levels of stress.