Repeated stress could impact on memory

A person's memory could be negatively impacted as a result of repeated stress, new research has found. Published by Cell Press in the journal Neuron, the study showed a new mechanism has been discovered that directly links the two factors.

Dr Zhen Yan and colleagues from the State University of New York at Buffalo - a 64-campus facility that was founded in 1846 and is a member of the Association of American Universities - looked into the matter when considering how chronic stress can affect a person's ability to think clearly and take a significant toll on emotions.

According to the investigation, feeling under too much pressure can lead to abnormal functioning of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) - the region of the brain that influences memory and decision making.

Dr Yan stated: "Delineating molecular mechanisms by which stress affects the PFC should be critical for understanding the role of stress in influencing the disease process."

Chartered Psychologist Professor Gail Kinman from the University of Bedfordshire commented: "A body of research has highlighted the wide ranging negative impact of stress on health.

"The findings of this study suggest that chronic stress can also impair memory and decision making. It is important that people develop effective strategies to manage stress in their lives in order to enhance their cognitive functioning as well as their wellbeing."