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 principle examples of hormonal effects on memory. Included in the article are descriptions of several mechanisms by which the hormones act on memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Astrocytes
  • Corticosterone
  • Epinephrine
  • Estradiol
  • Estrogens
  • Glucose
  • Hippocampus
  • Inhibitory avoidance
  • Lactate
  • Learning
  • Learning strategies
  • Memory
  • Memory modulation
  • Multiple memory systems
  • Striatum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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