Moderate stress enhances decision-making under uncertainty performance

Takeaway

  • Acute stress improves decision-making under uncertainty, leading to a larger payoff in the long-term; elevated salivary cortisol levels may be the physiological mechanism associated with the behavioral results.

Why this matters

  • Results from this study are the first to demonstrate that moderate, acute stress enhances learning by maximizing long-term, large benefits over immediate, small rewards.