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Your heart rate and being 'in the zone'
An incomprehensible problem has you ripping your hair out. Too easy a task, on the other hand, and you’re drawing dust-patterns on the desk out of boredom.
To work long, hard and well on a project, what’s needed is a level of challenge that pushes you to the edge of your abilities, but not too far beyond. Such a test provokes a mental state that positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi calls 'flow', known more colloquially as being 'in the zone'.
A new study discussed on our Research Digest looks at the possible connection between this mental state and yout heart rate.
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