Why does stress cause forgetfulness?

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Why does stress cause forgetfulness?

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When you’re stressed your sympathetic system attempts to rapidly prepare you (both mentally and physically) for a “flight or fight” type situation. In evolutionary terms, your mental focus is much better spent on the imminent threat at hand (like a predator chasing you) rather than literally anything else not directly contributing to your immediate safety. This can often make one very forgetful in particularly stressful situations.