Retrieval practice may protect memory in stressful situations

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Recently a study has shown that stress can affect memory negatively. There are some learning strategies we can use to counter this effect. New research suggests that taking practice tests might help. Researchers found that when memory was tested after inducing stress, those who had learned how to use retrieval practice had reduced stress levels.

Key Takeaways:

  • By having a strong memory of a stressful event that put your life in danger, you are more likely to avoid similar situations in the future and thus survive longer.
  • However, too much stress can negatively impact your memory.
  • Researchers found that when memory was tested immediately after inducing stress, those who had learned using retrieval practice had reduced stress levels.

“Overall, those who used restudying practice remembered fewer items than those who used retrieval strategies, particularly after stress.”

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/314387.php

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