Oral contraceptive usage alters the effects of cortisol on implicit fear learning

@article{Merz2012OralCU,
  title={Oral contraceptive usage alters the effects of cortisol on implicit fear learning},
  author={Christian J. Merz and Katharina Tabbert and Jan Schweckendiek and Tim Klucken and Oliver T. Wolf},
  journal={Hormones and Behavior},
  year={2012},
  volume={62},
  pages={531-538}
}
An important feature of the human defense system comprises fear learning, which stress hormones can crucially modulate. However, stress hormones might influence men and women differently, in part because of interactions with sex hormones. In women, distinct stages of the menstrual cycle or the intake of oral contraceptives (OC) affect sex hormone levels. In this study, we used a differential fear conditioning paradigm with electrical stimulation as unconditioned stimulus (UCS) following one… CONTINUE READING

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