Stress linked to short-term memory loss in aging adults

Stress linked to short-term memory loss in aging adults

The researchers, from the University of Iowa (UI), publish their findings in the Journal of Neuroscience.

They note that although short-term boosts in cortisol are important for our survival – by making us more alert in the moment – exceptionally high or extended spikes in the stress hormone can yield negative effects, such as digestion problems, anxiety, weight gain and high blood pressure.

Jason Radley, assistant professor in psychology at UI and study author, says:

“Stress hormones are one mechanism that we believe leads to weathering of the brain. Like a rock on the shoreline, after years and years it will eventually break down and disappear.”

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