It is not a question of whether the information can get through, it is whether the information is suitable for the experiment.

From my experiences when I am in a panicked state I find that my speak quicken and then my reactions also speed up. I do however end up becoming very distracted and can miss things in my environment. This also counts as evidence that certain parts of the brain speed up were as others either stay the same of potentially slow down.

I would say that a better test would be to test someone's reaction times in a state of fear. An example is having 3 lights and three buttons. One of each being purple, green or orange. Once in a state of fear the subject must wait for the light to flash once and then press a corresponding button of that colour, this would then be compared to being in a resting state.

This would mean that factors such as their ability to process numbers (or the shapes of the numbers), and their ability to focus 100% on one thing over a period of time, while in a state of fear will not be considered. This means that it is more of a test of reactions rather than of mental ability. Of course the fact that it uses 3 light means that the brain does need to process information so that it is not an instant reaction fuelled by adrenalin.

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