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..View full abstract
This project was funded by an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship. The Australian Research Council had no further role in study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the paper for publication.