Hormones and Memory

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This article examines the roles of hormones in regulating two aspects of memory. The first aspect is hormonal control of memory formation, with evidence that hormonal responses to an experience up-regulate the brain processes responsible for storing new information. The second aspect is hormonal control of the strategies used to solve a problem, with a basis in differential activation of neural systems responsible for storing different attributes of memory. These issues are illustrated using epinephrine, corticosterone, and estrogens as the principal examples of hormonal effects on memory. Included in the article are descriptions of several mechanisms by which hormones act on memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780080914558
ISBN (Print)9780080453965
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Corticosterone
  • Epinephrine
  • Estradiol
  • Estrogen receptors
  • Estrogens
  • Glucose
  • Hippocampus
  • Inhibitory avoidance
  • Learning
  • Learning strategies
  • Memory
  • Memory modulation
  • Memory retrieval
  • Place learning
  • Potassium-ATP channels
  • Response learning
  • Striatum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)


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