Is Stress Making Us Dumber?

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Stress doesn’t only affect our mood, it also changes the way our brain works.

Such is the conclusion of many recent studies in the field of neuroscience and we now have a better understanding of how negative stress reshapes our neurological pathways and affect our biology – including the size of our brain.

In a recent featured story, Lifehack blog explains:

Continuous stress and rising Cortisol levels means that brain signals associated with learning, memory and controlling stress being to decline.

Cortisol also makes your brain smaller! Syanptic connections disappear when there is too much Cortisol and the front part of the brain that determines judgement, social behavior, and decision making, also shrinks. Depression is a risk when this happens, because less brain cells are being developed, and we are stuck in a negative cycle within the brain.

So what do you think? Could it be that stress is actually making us dumber?

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Ben Baker is the communication officer and content editor for the team here at Science of Zen. His interest in personal growth topics range from mindfulness, meditation, neuroscience, performance psychology and natural health.