Don't Stay Calm

December 23, 2013 3:48 PM

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Want to perform well in front of an audience? It turns out that instead of trying to calm down, you should get excited. Scientists have discovered that people who pump themselves up rather than trying to relax can improve their performance during anxiety-inducing activities such as public speaking and math tests.

"Anxiety is incredibly pervasive. People have a very strong intuition that trying to calm down is the best way to cope with their anxiety, but that can be very difficult and ineffective," said Alison Wood Brooks, one of the researchers, in a news release. "When people feel anxious and try to calm do...

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