How the Brain Responds to Acute and Chronic Stress: Role of Excitatory Amino Acids and Glucocorticoids
Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
Dr. McEwen reports no commercial conflict of interest.
This activity is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Forest Laboratories.
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Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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Upon completion of this Cyberounds®
, you should be able to:
- Describe three brain areas involved in processing stressful events, and describe how acute stress affects their function
- Describe what chronic stress does to these brain areas and how excitatory amino acids are involved along with circulating stress hormones
- Describe how chronic stress affects behavior and memory in animal models.