Stress Inhibits Spatial Perception

Neuroscientists of Collaborative Research Centre 874 at the Ruhr University Bochum have investigated the effects of stress on the perception of scenes and faces. In a behavioural study, they compared the results of stressed participants with those of an unstressed control group. They were able to show that stress inhibits the perception of complex spatial information.

The research is in Psychoneuroendocrinology. (full access paywall)

I am so happy today.

y’all may start thinking I am bipolar and crazy or something but guys, I made it through this week in which I had 2 major grades due every day. and I made it. like I did it and I am so happy. I came home (to my parents house) last night and got lots of sleep (9 hours) which is more than I got all week long and then proceeded to spend the entire day driving around enjoying myself and getting things done (like buying baby oil and a new book and getting my eyebrows done for the first time since the incident) and I am SO HAPPY. So yay for life! I am done rambling now. I love you all and pray your day is just as wonderful if not more! comment below to tell me about it!

I'm a little surprised

at how unstressed I am right now. I just turned in my application for the Peace Corps. **fingers crossed**

Tomorrow, I have an interview for an internship for the fall semester (possibly the whole school year). Studying for the Psychology GRE which I finally signed up for the other day.

Normally, I feel like I would be over-thinking, over-stressing blah blah blah but I’m not. I’m actually excited!! This is what I want and I’m fairly confidant that it’s going to work out for me. I think it also helps that my mother FINALLY gave me her blessing to go ahead with all my life plans <3

And tonight. For the first time in forever. Tonight. I can sleep.

Nothing tastes as good as reassurance.

I can sleep.

I can actually fall into a deep sleep.

I do not have to toss and turn and sweat for hours on end. The dark circles of death will disappear underneath my eyes.

And I can sleep.

I keep myself awake just so it will be more enjoyable.