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Self-affirmation improves problem-solving in stressed students

Washington, May 2 : Affirming personal values may give problem-solving skills a boost in times of stress, according to a new study.


In a new research conducted by David Creswell and colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University, a group of students rated their levels of stress over the last month, and half the group then performed a self-affirmation exercise. Students who had completed this exercise scored significantly higher on a subsequent problem-solving task under pressure than those who had not performed the self-affirmation.

The authors conclude, "A brief self-affirmation activity is sufficient to buffer the negative effects of chronic stress on task performance and can improve the ability to solve problems in a flexible manner during high stress periods. Our study suggests that self-affirmation may increase creativity and insight in stressed individuals."

The study has been published in the open access journal PLOS ONE.

--ANI (Posted on 02-05-2013)

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