Our Senses Can’t Learn Under Stress

Image shows a hand and the chemical structure of cortisol.

Stress is part of our everyday lives – while some thrive on it, it makes others sick. But what does stress do to our senses?

When we train them, we can sharpen our senses thereby improve our perceptual performance. The stress hormone cortisol completely blocks this important ability. In the current issue of “Psychoneuroendocrinology” neuroscientists of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) report on this finding. More about the haptic stimulation study here.

Source: www.neurosciencenews.com