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1

What is stress described as in psychology?

It is defined as " reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium

2

What does chronic stress reduce ?

It reduces spatial memory , the memory that helps you remember where things are

3

What effect can low levels of stress & high level of stress on your memory ?

Low levels of street hinder your ability to recall memories but high levels of stress can help reinforce the learning process , as it can increase your brains ability to encode & recall traumatic or stressful events

4

What can the stress hormone " cortisol" result in ?

STM loss

5

Explain how high levels of the hormone " cortisol" can be damaging ?

It interferes with communication between neurotransmitters in the brain , diverting energy to other parts of the body & inhibiting learning.

6

What can reducing stress help ?

Restore brain function to its previous state including info storage & retrieval