The Scicurious Brain

The Scicurious Brain

The Good, Bad, and Weird in Physiology and Neuroscience

Stressed out and not thinking straight


In times of acute stress, we really DON'T think straight. In fact, we suffer deficits in working memory. And we do this in spite of an increase in dopamine release from the neuron terminals there, which we usually think of as being associated with important stimuli (like food or drugs) in the prefrontal cortex. So what causes this increase, and what does it mean? And how can we use this knowledge to reverse cognitive deficits associated with stress? Head over to Neurotic Physiology to find out!

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