The influence of stress hormones on fear circuitry.

  title={The influence of stress hormones on fear circuitry.},
  author={Sarina M. Rodrigues and Joseph E. LeDoux and Robert Morris Sapolsky},
  journal={Annual review of neuroscience},
Fear arousal, initiated by an environmental threat, leads to activation of the stress response, a state of alarm that promotes an array of autonomic and endocrine changes designed to aid self-preservation. The stress response includes the release of glucocorticoids from the adrenal cortex and catecholamines from the adrenal medulla and sympathetic nerves. These stress hormones, in turn, provide feedback to the brain and influence neural structures that control emotion and cognition. To… CONTINUE READING
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