Research: High stakes can set back learning

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Well, a recent study suggests that pressure may not be the best way to teach high-stakes skills. This research builds on other studies that have suggested that stress can short-circuit the learning process. One such study, conducted at UC Irvine, found a neurological reason for why stress can interfere with learning. In the study, the crucial difference between the two groups was pressure. Think about a time when your employees might be asked to perform under pressure.