Mammalian diving reflex / calming technique

Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
edited February 2018 in General 8392 karma

I stumbled on this Twitter thread and found it super interesting, and then thought... hey, I wonder if that would help calm people's nerves before an LSAT? Obviously this is a random twitter thread and I'm no expert, but it's an interesting idea for the many folks that have test anxiety. Maybe it's wise to try splashing cold water on your face and holding your breath for 30 seconds? Science! It's neat.

(Click on the tweet to see the whole thread for the info)


  • westcoastbestcoastwestcoastbestcoast Alum Member
    3788 karma

    Thanks for the find! This will help us for LSAT, 1L exams and the Bar.

  • Kermit750Kermit750 Alum Member
    2124 karma

    The thread is gold!

  • stepharizonastepharizona Alum Member
    3197 karma

    A lot of the people I help tutor I have them use the 4:7:8 technique

    4 sec count inhale, 7 second hold and 8 second exhale.

    I learned this in a mindfulness class. It's really useful and can help on the test especially between sections or between difficult games.

  • IgnatiusIgnatius Alum Member
    382 karma

    Awesome, thanks for the suggestion. Also, since we're talking about test anxiety, has anyone tried beta blockers before? I know a lot of music performance majors use them and they seem effective with minimal to no side effects.

  • tringo335tringo335 Alum Member
    3679 karma

    Very cool!

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