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Cortisol reduces recall of explicit contextual pain memory in healthy young men

Schwegler, Kyrill and Ettlin, Dominik and Buser, Iris and Klaghofer, Richard and Goetzmann, Lutz and Buddeberg, Claus and Alon, Eli and Brügger, Mike and de Quervain, Dominique J.-F.. (2010) Cortisol reduces recall of explicit contextual pain memory in healthy young men. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 35 (8). pp. 1270-1273.

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Abstract

Remembering painful incidents has important adaptive value but may also contribute to clinical symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and chronic pain states. Because glucocorticoids are known to impair memory retrieval processes, we investigated whether cortisol affects recall of previously experienced pain in healthy young men. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study, 20 male participants were presented pictures, half of them combined with a heat-pain stimulus. The next day, the same pictures were shown in the absence of pain. Cortisol (20 mg) administered 1h before retention testing reduced recall of explicit contextual pain memory, whereas it did not affect pain threshold or pain tolerance.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie UPK > Kognitive Neurowissenschaften (de Quervain)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie UPK > Kognitive Neurowissenschaften (de Quervain)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Cognitive Neuroscience (de Quervain)
UniBasel Contributors:de Quervain, Dominique J.-F.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0306-4530
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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