So many, many, many problems with this article and this ‘research’ it boggles the mind. Five different times I started writing a response to address at least some of them, and I had to quit in frustration each time as the stress of it was too much for me to handle. I guess my brain ‘centers’ associated with anger, irritation, and sadness all ‘lit’ up as they ‘absorbed’ the information. I was definitely ‘outside my comfort zone’ so must have been learning away like crazy, and that is scientifically confirmed. Neuroscientists must make great parents because they are truly talented at talking to people like they are babies. Do all neuroscientists think the rest of humanity are morons? If not, why do they say the things they say? I used to think they talked that way to try and make what they do more understandable to the non-scientist. However, they say so many ridiculous and nonsensical things that I am beginning to think I was wrong. Maybe it isn’t that they are so smart and are just ‘talking down’ to the rest of us dummies so we can understand, but that they are the ones with the less lit up brain centers. If only we could hook a few of them up to brain imaging machines so we could ‘see’ what they were thinking.

I mean this is Yale for f*&ck’s sake. Yale, supposedly one of the premiere institutions of learning in the country. And this is their hypothesis, ‘Stress’ ‘improves’ ‘learning. Typically if your hypothesis is composed of three words that have about a million definitions (none of which agree with each other) your experiment and your conclusions are going to be garbage. Compound that with the fact that you are using brain imaging one of the least effective, most easily misinterpreted, most over hyped technologies as the method upon which you base all your conclusions. I mean jeeeezuus….need to stop, heart racing, anger building, Hulk cry now….ugh!

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