Make Stress Work for You: Cognitive Reappraisal

Negative stress is bad for us. But the science suggests that when reframed, the stress response actually helps us perform better. Learn about the science of cognitive reappraisal, featuring Professor Kate McLaughlin.

References

Brooks, A. W. (2014). Get excited: Reappraising pre-performance anxiety as excitement. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(3), 1144.

Jamieson, J. P., Mendes, W. B., Blackstock, E., & Schmader, T. (2010). Turning the knots in your stomach into bows: Reappraising arousal improves performance on the GRE. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46(1), 208-212.

Jamieson, J. P., Nock, M. K., & Mendes, W. B. (2012). Mind over matter: Reappraising arousal improves cardiovascular and cognitive responses to stress. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141(3), 417.

Moore, L. J., Vine, S. J., Wilson, M. R., & Freeman, P. (2015). Reappraising threat: How to optimize performance under pressure. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 37(3), 339-343.

Credits

“Make Stress Work for You” was created and developed by Olivia Kang, Megan Burns, Kirsten Morehouse, Evan Younger, and Mahzarin Banaji. Research and Development Assistants for this episode include Moshe Poliak and Megan Burns. Support for Outsmarting Human Minds comes from Harvard University, PwC, and Johnson & Johnson.

Narration by Olivia Kang, featuring Professor Katie McLaughlin (Harvard University)

Camera and Editing by Evan Younger, Kirsten Morehouse, and Olivia Kang

Artwork by Olivia Kang

Video footage via Storyblocks and CNBC

Music by Philip Guyler, Andy Chandler and Christopher James Corrigan, and Sam Wedgewood via Audio Network