Endogenous cortisol elevations are related to memory facilitation only in individuals who are emotionally aroused.

@article{Abercrombie2006EndogenousCE,
  title={Endogenous cortisol elevations are related to memory facilitation only in individuals who are emotionally aroused.},
  author={Heather C. Abercrombie and Nicole S Speck and Roxanne M Monticelli},
  journal={Psychoneuroendocrinology},
  year={2006},
  volume={31 2},
  pages={187-96}
}
Animal research suggests that cortisol facilitates memory only during emotional arousal. Thus, we predicted that during mild emotion and stress elicitation, endogenous cortisol elevations would predict memory facilitation only in individuals who report high stress-related negative affect. Thirty-one men viewed neutral and emotional stimuli and then were subjected to a public speaking stress task. Area under the curve for overall cortisol output during the speech was computed. Negative affect… CONTINUE READING

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