An intriguing few minutes discussion between
Claudia Hammond and Peter Fischer, Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Graz in Austria, about research suggesting that thinking or writing about your ancestors makes people more confident and motivated, and able to perform better in tests and exams, or in stressful situations like interviews.
Hear it at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00wqd1w/All_in_the_Mind_21_12_2010
or download the podcast (All In The Mind: 21 Dec 10) from
approximately between 23 minutes 40 seconds and 28 minutes 20 seconds.
I found this on an old bookmark while looking for something else.