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Trends Cogn Sci. 2006 Aug;10(8):345-7. Epub 2006 Jun 21.

Make mild moments memorable: add a little arousal.

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Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-3800, USA. james.mcgaugh@uci.edu

Abstract

In a recent paper Anderson and colleagues reported that emotionally arousing stimuli enhance long-term memory of immediately preceding neutral stimuli. The findings fit well with the perseveration-consolidation hypothesis and with extensive evidence from both human and animal studies indicating that arousal-induced modulation of memory is mediated by beta-noradrenergic activation of the amygdala.

PMID:
16793325
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2006.06.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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