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Decision-making under StressA new review based on a research shows that acute stress affects the way the brain considers the advantages and disadvantages, causing it to focus on pleasure and ignore the possible negative (负面的) consequences of a decision.The research suggests that stress may change the way people make choices in predictable ways.“Stress affects how people learn,” says Professor Mara Mather. “People learn better about positive than negative outcomes under stress.”For example, two recent studies looked at how people learned to connect images(影像) with either rewards or punishments. In one experiment, some of the participants were first stressed by having to give a speech and do difficult math problems in front of an audience; in the other, some were stressed by having to keep their hands in ice water. In both cases, the stressed participants remembered the rewarded material more accurately and the punished material less accurately than those who hadn’t gone through the stress.This phenomenon is likely not surprising to anyone who has tried to resist eating cookies or smoking a cigarette while under stress –at those moments, only the pleasure associated with such activities comes to mind. But the findings further suggest that stress may bring about a double effect. Not only are rewarding experiences remembered better, but negative consequences are also less easily recalled.The research also found that stress appears to affect decision-making differently in men and women. While both men and women tend to focus on rewards and less on consequences under stress, their responses to risk turn out to be different.Men who had been stressed by the cold-water task tended to take more risks in the experiment while women responded in the opposite way. In stressful situations in which risk-taking can pay off big, men may tend to do better, when caution weighs more, however, women will win.This tendency to slow down and become more cautious when decisions are risky might also help explain why women are less likely to become addicted than men: they may more often avoid making the risky choices that eventually harden into addiction.小题1:We can learn from the passage that people under pressure tend to ______. A.keep rewards better in their memory B.recall consequences more effortlessly C.make risky decisions more frequently D.learn a subject more effectively 小题2:According to the research, stress affects people most probably in their ______. A.ways of making choices B.preference for pleasure C.tolerance of punishments D.responses to suggestions 小题3:The research has proved that in a stressful situation, ______. A.women find it easier to fall into certain habits B.men have a greater tendency to slow down C.women focus more on outcomes D.men are more likely to take risks _小题大做英语答案


小题1:A
小题2:A
小题3:D

议论文,文章标题为压力下的决策,主要介绍了面对压力时人们往往能够找到积极的方面忽略消极的方面而且面对压力时,男性更容易采取冒险的策略。
小题1:主旨题,原文第一段大意是面对压力的环境,人们会想到积极的东西,忽视消极的东西,故选A。
小题2:考查细节题,题干词为research,定位于第二段,原文说 stress may change the way peoplemake choices(压力可能改变人们做选择的方式).,故选A。
小题3:考查细节题,题干关键词为 stressful situation,定位于第三段最后一句话。即In stressful situation in which risk-taking can pay off big, men tend to do better, when caution weighs
more, however, women will win.(在压力情况下,如果冒险的回报很大,男人们会做的更好,但是,谨慎更重要时,女人们做的更好) ,D选项说男人们更倾向于冒险,故选D。

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