Stress selectively and lastingly promotes learning of context-related high arousing information.

  title={Stress selectively and lastingly promotes learning of context-related high arousing information.},
  author={Tom J. M. Smeets and Oliver T. Wolf and Timo Giesbrecht and Kevin Sijstermans and Sebastian Telgen and Marian Jo{\"e}ls},
  volume={34 8},
The secretion of adrenal stress hormones in response to acute stress is known to affect learning and memory, particularly for emotionally arousing memory material. Here, we investigated whether stress-induced modulation of learning and memory performance depends on (i) the conceptual relatedness between the material to be learned/remembered and the stressor and (ii) the timing of stress exposure versus learning phase. Participants learned stressor-related and stressor-unrelated words of varying… CONTINUE READING

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