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Academic Performance Under Stress

Sian Leah Beilock, Barnard College at Columbia University

October 2, 2019 · 6:00 pm · 10 McCosh

Princeton Public Lectures; Vanuxem Lecture Series

Why do we “choke” under pressure? Why do poor performances occur in those very situations where students are set on doing their best? What cognitive and neural processes drive less-than-optimal outcomes when the pressure is high? And why do some people thrive while others fail in high-stakes situations? Sian Beilock will discuss behavioral and brain imaging work examining how students’ knowledge and general cognitive abilities interact with social and emotional factors (e.g., a student’s fear of test taking) to impact performance across a range of academic areas. She will also highlight how current research in psychology and neuroscience can be used to enhance learning and performance in the classroom.

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