Researchers Know What Makes Us Freeze Under Pressure
You blank on a movie title. You freeze at a pop question. You forget — momentarily — the name of someone you've known for 30 years. If you're lucky, it's in front of a close friend or small group. At least you don't do it in front of eight million people, as happened this year on the TV game show, Wheel of Fortune. A seemingly simple puzzle stumped two players, who of course faced ridicule online.
@palak Stress messes with your body and head — your golf swing and your fifth and sixth Wordle guesses. Physical and mental tasks you normally perform with ease become challenging under pressure, which comes from people watching, big rewards (or losses) at stake, fear of judgment, or even your own memories.