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Kendra Cherry

Short-term Stress Can Impact Memory & Learning

By May 1, 2008

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Stress can impair learning.
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While some students claim that learning under pressure actually helps them remember more, a new study from research at the University of California-Irvine suggests that even short-term stress can negatively impact memory and learning. The study, published in the March 12 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, found that short-term stress leads to the release of corticotropin releasing hormones. These molecules disrupt the activity of synapses in the hippocampus, the brain's memory and learning center.

As you are preparing for final exams and due dates, focus on minimizing stress in order to maximize your learning. Explore some different ways to reduce student stress and find out more great tips to improve your memory.

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