Effect of anxiety on short term memory
The students will be anxious about being on stage, which will affect their memory adversely.
Anxiety and memory
We all undergo stress and anxiety in our lives; it is part and parcel of life. Stress and anxiety may be caused by exam pressures, competition, high expectations, worry, fear and many other factors. How we deal with stress and anxiety will differ among individuals.
Stress and anxiety have always been known to affect our memory and learning abilities. How often have we burned the midnight oil doing last-minute revision, only to enter the exam hall unable to remember anything? For many of us, the pressure of wanting to impress during an interview ironically causes us to perform poorly. Our ability to think, learn and remember becomes impaired when we are stressed.
When we become stressed, the hormones regulating our response to stress and anxiety will start to affect our brain functions and ability to communicate. During periods of stress, the hormone cortisol will circulate in our body. The hormone corticotopin will affect our brain’s ability to remember during anxious moments.