“Knowing is not enough, we must apply, willing is not enough,WE MUST DO”. -Goeth

The cognitive brain, the part that logically thinks and plans, begins to shut down at 145 beats per minute.

Decision making is inhibited. The more choices you have, the slower you are to make a decision.

Reaction time increases. This may be because of too much stimuli to process quickly or because of denial that a violent encounter is actually happening.

In general, high levels of adrenaline caused by fear-induced stress are likely to result in extreme strength, an increase in speed, a decrease in fine motor skills, and an increased ability to ignore pain. In other words, strength goes way up and dexterity goes way down.

Critical Incident Amnesia:

People who encounter an extremely stressful situation such as a deadly force encounter shooting may show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. They may have difficulty in transferring information in long term memory, a temporary condition known as critical incident amnesia. Particular memory-related phenomena in traumatic situations may include the following:

During the actual incident, there is usually a sensory overload combined with a fixation on some particular aspect of the critical incident, often to the exclusion of all else.

Immediately after the incident, post-incident amnesia will often result in a failure to remember the majority of the information observed in the incident.

After a healthy night’s sleep, there is usually a memory recovery which will result in remembering the majority of what occurred. This memory is probably most pure.

Within 72 hours, the final and most complete form of memory recovery will occur, but it will be at least partially reconstructed and therefore somewhat contaminated after the inevitable process of integrating available information from other sources, such as the news media.