Behavioural Pharmacology

Skip Navigation LinksHome > September 2014 - Volume 25 - Issue 5 and 6 > Stress: perspectives on its impact on cognition and pharmac...
Behavioural Pharmacology:
doi: 10.1097/FBP.0000000000000045
Review Articles

Stress: perspectives on its impact on cognition and pharmacological treatment

Sun, Miao-Kun; Alkon, Daniel L.

Collapse Box


Stress in life is unavoidable, affecting everyone on a daily basis. Psychological stress in mammals triggers a rapidly organized response for survival, but it may also cause a variety of behavioral disorders and damage cognitive function. Stress is associated with biases in cognitive processing; some of the most enduring memories are formed by traumatic events. Our understanding of how cognition is shaped by stress is still relatively primitive; however, evidence is rapidly accumulating that the ‘mature’ brain has a great capacity for plasticity and that there are numerous ways through which pharmacological therapeutics could rescue cognitive function and regain cognitive balance. In this review, we discuss recent advances in our understanding of the interplay between stress and cognitive processes and potential therapeutic approaches to stress-related behavioral and cognitive disorders.

© 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


Article Tools


Article Level Metrics

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.