The Effects of Acute Stress on Memory, Attention and Cognition in Healthy Human Volunteers

Authors

  • Md Monir Hossain Department of Pharmacy, Jagannath University, Dhaka-1100
  • Shahnaz Naznin Department of Pharmacy, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Sonapur, Noakhali-3814
  • Dolly Sen Department of Pharmacy, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Sonapur, Noakhali-3814
  • Mahnaz Hossain Fariba Department of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bpj.v20i1.32088

Keywords:

Acute stress, Neuropsychological test, Memory test, Attention test, Cognition test, Examinations

Abstract

The study was designed to investigate the effects of an acute naturalistic stressor, namely, examination of stress on memory, attention and cognition in healthy human volunteers. Fifty-three students participated in this study. All the volunteers were assessed for their neuropsychological states, which are memory, attention and cognition, during non-examination and examination period. The neuropsychological tests used in this study were- logical memory test, digit span test, letter cancellation test, trail making test and Stroop test. It was revealed that there was significant difference (p<0.05) in the score of logical memory II, backward and total score of digit span, time taken to complete letter cancellation test and score in part C of Stroop test in the exam period. The present study thus demonstrated that acute naturalistic stress improves attention while impairs delayed memory retrieval and cognition.

Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Journal 20(1): 14-19, 2017

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Md Monir Hossain, Department of Pharmacy, Jagannath University, Dhaka-1100



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Published

2017-04-05

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Hossain, M. M., Naznin, S., Sen, D., & Fariba, M. H. (2017). The Effects of Acute Stress on Memory, Attention and Cognition in Healthy Human Volunteers. Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Journal, 20(1), 14–19. https://doi.org/10.3329/bpj.v20i1.32088

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