Memory Research

Protecting memories from stress

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Science  25 Nov 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6315, pp. 1016
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6315.1016-e

It is widely accepted that stress has a negative impact on memory retrieval. But specific approaches to learning can counteract this effect. Smith et al. found that when memory was tested immediately after the onset of stress, stress effects were reduced. Furthermore, when subjects learned novel material by using a highly effective learning technique involving practice tests, their memory was also protected against the negative effects of stress.

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