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Why hurrying makes us screw up


Why do we make more mistakes when we’re in a hurry? A new study shows that the brain actually switches into a special mode when pushed to make rapid decisions.

“This is a question that is very basic to our experience as human beings, and something that we encounter on a daily basis,” says Richard Heitz, a research assistant professor at Vanderbilt University who designed and carried out the study.

Training monkeys to complete two tasks, one that rewarded speed and the other accuracy, and observing their individual neurons revealed surprising findings. “What this means is that identical information presented to the brain is analyzed differently under speed stress than under accuracy stress,” says coauthor Jeffrey Schall.

Full story at Futurity.

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