Dr. Joseph Dunsmoor recently published a research paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science entitled “Stress promotes generalization of older but not recent threat memories”. This research investigates how stress and the amount of time that has passed since an adverse event affects the generalization of memories. Specifically, these findings show that acute stress increases generalization of older but not recent threat memories. These data have important clinical relevance for understanding overgeneralization characteristics of anxiety and stress-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Click here to see a press-release from Dell Medical School about this work.