Chronic Stress Can Impair Your Memory

June 17, 2014 11:18 PM

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Cortisol is the hormone associated with stress that increases the brain's ability to encode and recall traumatic events. Excessive release of this hormone can cause chronic stress, which can then lead to memory impairment or mental illness.

According to neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, chronic stress can initiate long-term changes in the brain through the development of white matter. Too much white matter can change the way circuits are connected in the brain and result in poor communication between neurons.

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