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Yerkes–Dodson Law

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Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Inverted-U function of arousal

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This law states that a relationship between arousal and behavioral task performance exists, such that there is an optimal level of arousal for an optimal performance. Over- or under-arousal reduces task performance.

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Yerkes–Dodson Law. Figure 1

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Cohen, R.A. (2011). Yerkes–Dodson Law. In: Kreutzer, J.S., DeLuca, J., Caplan, B. (eds) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_1340

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