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date: 11 December 2018

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Memory is influenced by emotion and stress in a variety of ways. Typically we remember emotional events better than neutral ones. This chapter considers how emotion and stress might influence memory at the biological level, and with due attention paid to the stage of the memory process we are considering. It turns out that there are important differences between mild to moderate emotion and severe stress. We discuss the biology of each of these in turn.

Keywords: memory, emotion, stress, hippocampus, amygdala, cortisol, PTSD, memory consolidation, encoding, retrieval

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