Journal article

Progesterone and mental imagery interactively predict emotional memories

Jacinta Wassell, Sebastian Rogers, Kim L Felmingam, Joel Pearson, Richard A Bryant

Psychoneuroendocrinology | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015


Different lines of research suggest that the consolidation of emotional memories is influenced by (a) endogenous levels of sex hormones, and (b) individual differences in the capacity to use vivid mental imagery. No studies to date have investigated how these factors may interact to influence declarative emotional memories. This study examined the interacting influence of progesterone and mental imagery strength on emotional memory consolidation. Twenty-four men, 20 women from the low progesterone (follicular) menstrual phase, and 20 women from the high progesterone (mid-luteal) phase of the cycle were assessed using an objective performance-based measure of mental imagery strength, and then..

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