Test anxiety

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A note for Lesson no. 4, "Your Brain Predicts (Almost) Everything You Do," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 78 is:

All of us have had a nervous feeling before a test, but for some people, this anxiety is crippling.

See these references.[1][2][3][4]

I also discuss test anxiety in my TED talk.


  1. Jamieson, Jeremy P., Brett J. Peters, Emily J. Greenwood, and Aaron J. Altose. 2016. Reappraising Stress Arousal Improves Performance and Reduces Evaluation Anxiety in Classroom Exam Situations. Social Psychological and Personality Science 7(6): 579–587.
  2. Jamieson, Jeremy P., Wendy Berry Mendes, Erin Blackstock, and Toni Schmader. 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.
  3. Jamieson, Jeremy P., Matthew K. Nock, and Wendy Berry Mendes. 2012. "Mind Over Matter: Reappraising Arousal Improves Cardiovascular and Cognitive Responses to Stress." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 141 (3): 417–422.
  4. Crum, Alia J., Jeremy P. Jamieson, and Modupe Akinola. 2020. "Optimizing Stress: An Integrated Intervention for Regulating Stress Responses." Emotion 20: 120–125.