|Dr Caroline Gurvich, Research Fellow/|
Clinical Neuropsychologist at MAPrc
As everyone is aware, stress is pervasive part in modern society. Environmental, psychological and biological factors all contribute to the degree of stress an individual experiences and the way they respond to life phenomenon. Stress can also alter the way people think. In particular higher order cognitive functions, that is, cognitive tasks that require attentional control, flexible thinking or effortful cognitive processing can become compromised under stress. These higher order cognitive abilities are central to our decision making capacity, ability to generate abstract thought and form the basis of flexible, goal-directed behaviours. Despite this evidence linking both daily and chronic stress to cognitive changes, few studies have directly examined biological and psychological mediators of the relationship between stress and cognition. This project will directly inform which genes are expressed differently in relation to high stress and compromised cognition and potentially identify a peripheral biomarker(s) representing the link between stress and compromised cognition.
- See more about Caroline's work at: www.maprc.org.au/dr-caroline-gurvich
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