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Science  12 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5370, pp. 1663
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5370.1663e

We all know that our brains don't work normally when we're under pressure. The Enhanced Research Commentary (p. 1711) by Arnsten explains how stress causes dysfunction of the prefrontal lobe, which controls our ability to plan and screen out distractions—while enhancing memory of emotional events. Go online for links to a reconstruction of the brain, background on posttraumatic stress and attention deficit disorders, and more.

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