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From the Ted Talk "Elizabeth Cox: The surprising link between stress and memory"

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It would be nice if some stress also helped us remember facts, but unfortunately, the opposite is ____. The act of remembering relies on the __________ cortex, which governs thought, attention, and reasoning. When corticosteroids _________ the amygdala, the amygdala inhibits, or lessens the activity of, the prefrontal cortex. The reason for this inhibition is so the fight/flight/freeze response can overrule ______, more ________ _______ in a dangerous situation. But that can also have the unfortunate effect of making your mind go blank during a test. And then the act of trying to remember can itself be a stressor, leading to a vicious cycle of more corticosteroid release and an even smaller chance of remembering.

Solution

  1. slower
  2. reasoned
  3. thought
  4. prefrontal
  5. true
  6. stimulate

Original Text

It would be nice if some stress also helped us remember facts, but unfortunately, the opposite is true. The act of remembering relies on the prefrontal cortex, which governs thought, attention, and reasoning. When corticosteroids stimulate the amygdala, the amygdala inhibits, or lessens the activity of, the prefrontal cortex. The reason for this inhibition is so the fight/flight/freeze response can overrule slower, more reasoned thought in a dangerous situation. But that can also have the unfortunate effect of making your mind go blank during a test. And then the act of trying to remember can itself be a stressor, leading to a vicious cycle of more corticosteroid release and an even smaller chance of remembering.

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