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McEwen Reading List: “Stress, Fear, and Memory”

Reading for all students for May 17, 2010 lecture:

“McEwen, B.S. Physiology and neurobiology of stress and adaptation: Central role of the brain. Physiol. Rev. 87:873-904 (2007).
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Reading for student presentations on May 24, 2010:

Students presenting today will be: Josefina del Marmol & Anni Lee & Julie Pickett & Katie Fenz.

Note to presenters: Feel free to shape your presentation in any way you think is helpful and interesting. Focus papers are marked with*; others are more for background reading. You are encouraged to look at other papers in the literature if they seem interesting for your presentation.

Memory and Reconsolidation (Topic 1): Josefina del Marmol

Here are some questions to consider in your reading:
-What is consolidation and reconsolidation?
-Can we abolish bad memories?
-Can this be used for PTSD and if so how?

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Maternal care and cognitive and emotional development (Topic 2): Anni Lee

Here are some questions to consider in your reading:
-What are the key factors that influence offspring emotionality?
-What are the contributions of genetic and epigenetic factors?
-How much does maternal behavior play a role vs other factors?

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Sex differences in stress/performance response (Topic 3): Katie Fenz

Here are some questions to consider in your reading:
- To what extent are sex differences due to developmental processes, hormone action in adult life or a combination of them?
- In light of what you know about hormone action and the function of key limbic brain regions, how do we think about the behavioral control aspects that are different between males and females?

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Stress arousal and memory (Topic 4): Julie Pickett

Here are some questions to consider in your reading:
-What are the key determinants of the ability of glucocorticoid stress steroids to affect memory in a positive or negative direction?
-How are we to think about molecular mechanisms of glucocorticoid action as well as deciding what brain regions are involved?

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Download Bruce McEwen's 3/17/2008 Presentation (PDF).

Download Bruce McEwen's 5/1/2006 PPT presentation.

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