UC Berkeley researchers have uncovered exactly how acute stress -short-lived, not chronic- primes the brain for improved performance.
In studies on rats, Daniela Kaufer, associate professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and post-doctoral fellow Elizabeth Kirby, they found that significant but brief stressful events caused stem cells in rat brains to proliferate into new nerve cells that, when mature two weeks later, improved the rats’ mental performance. "I think intermittent stressful events are probably what keeps the brain more alert, and you perform better when you are alert” said Daniela Kaufer…
> Berkeley Stem Cell Center/ Daniela Kaufer : http://bit.ly/ZFRMJM
> Kaufer Laboratory : http://bit.ly/10pQ9XY