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Emotional enhancement of memory: how norepinephrine enables synaptic plasticity

Molecular Brain20103:15

Received: 23 November 2009

Accepted: 13 May 2010

Published: 13 May 2010

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Archived Comments

  1. How neurobiology could explain mythology.

    10 November 2014

    Julien d'Huy, CNRS

    The paper leads to an interesting conclusion : if myths and folktales are better remembered  than other stories and can survive for generations, it may be because they are often emotionally-charged (with dramatic effects, appropriate body language, gestures and facial expressions...), which leads to subsequent release of norepinephrine in the brain and enhances the memorisation of such tales.
    I have tried to explore the idea in a recent peer-reviewed paper, "Rôle de l'émotion dans la mémorisation des contes et des mythes" Mythologie française, 253, 2013, 21-23 (in french, available on my website:  

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School