Does Stress Make Us Forgetful? Is That Why We Can’t Find the Car Keys?

March 16, 2015 6:10 PM

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Does Stress Make Us Forgetful? Is That Why We Can’t Find the Car Keys?

Stress can be memory’s best friend. But when you forget where you put the car keys, stress can also make you feel stupid. One expert, Rajita Sinha, a professor of psychiatry and neurobiology at Yale University, sorts through the effects of stress on memory, and its troubling relationship to dementia.

People use the term “stress” loosely. Dr. Sinha defines it as the process by which we react to stimuli that are threatening, challenging or overwhelming. “It is a complex system of cortisol, adrenaline, peptides and other hormones and chemicals that help us respond, adapt and bring our bodies back t...

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