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The graph we present today is Yerkes-Dodson Law (U-inverted Law) stating that arousal improves performance up to an optimal point. Despite being more than a century old, the Yerkes-Dodson law is still very useful today. In fact, it’s still being studied, especially in work and sports performance. Research conducted between 1950 and 1980 confirmed that there is a correlation between high stress levels and boosted motivation and focus.
Reference: Balogh, Laszlo. (2016). Stress, Anxiety and Sport Performance. 10.13140/RG.2.2.16139.28961; Yerkes, R. M. & Dodson, J. D. (1908). The relationship of strength of stimulus to rapidity of habit formation. Journal of Comparative Neurology and Psychology, 18, 459–482.