This study demonstrates that both mindsets have unique advantages and thus, should be used at different times.
While you can’t always shift your mindset in seconds, you can try to approach a situation from a different angle, depending on your outcome.
For example, you may want to tap into a curious mindset when learning a process or task that you’ll have to utilize in the future so that your long-term memory holds onto it.
Alternatively, you may try to embrace the urgency mindset when you’re completing a task with a time limit.
Most of all, this study proves that an urgent, stressed-out mindset will not always bring the most reward, especially when it comes to learning and memory.
This common thread could be utilized by school teachers and work environments alike to experiment with a more relaxed learning environment.
As for independent use, to take information with you for the long haul, people of all ages can start asking questions rather than checking the clock. True long-term memory isn’t created through stress.