publication . Article . Other literature type . 2013

Associations between basal cortisol levels and memory retrieval in healthy young individuals

Andreas Papassotiropoulos; Dominique de Quervain; Björn Rasch;
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  • Published: 01 Nov 2013
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
<jats:p> Cortisol is known to affect memory processes. On the one hand, stress-induced or pharmacologically induced elevations of cortisol levels enhance memory consolidation. On the other hand, such experimentally induced elevations of cortisol levels have been shown to impair memory retrieval. However, the effects of individual differences in basal cortisol levels on memory processes remain largely unknown. Here we tested whether individual differences in cortisol levels predict picture learning and recall in a large sample. A total of 1225 healthy young women and men viewed two different sets of emotional and neutral pictures on two consecutive days. Both set...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: hormones, hormone substitutes, and hormone antagonists
free text keywords: Institute of Psychology, 150 Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience
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