Journal article

Impairments of Spatial Working Memory and Attention Following Acute Psychosocial Stress

James S Olver, Myra Pinney, Paul Maruff, Trevor R Norman

STRESS AND HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

Few studies have investigated the effect of an acute psychosocial stress paradigm on impaired attention and working memory in humans. Further, the duration of any stress-related cognitive impairment remains unclear. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of an acute psychosocial stress paradigm, the Trier Social Stress, on cognitive function in healthy volunteers. Twenty-three healthy male and female subjects were exposed to an acute psychosocial stress task. Physiological measures (salivary cortisol, heart rate and blood pressure) and subjective stress ratings were measured at baseline, in anticipation of stress, immediately post-stress and after a period of rest. A neuropsychologi..

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