Why Stress Is Bad for Your Brain

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Science  09 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5276, pp. 749-750
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5276.749


Several recent studies of humans correlate stress with atrophy of the hippocampus, an area of the brain required for memory and cognition. In his Perspective, Sapolsky argues that the underlying causal agent may be glucocorticoids secreted in abnormally high amounts under stressful conditions.

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