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This research demonstrated that the amygdala - and adrenaline - plays a significant role in the creation of memories linked to emotional arousal. Evaluation: This study has good internal validity, because researchers collected data in a tightly controlled environment, reducing confounding variables. However, the ecological validity is low because the setting of the experiment and the experimental tasks were not natural.

Participants were asked how emotional they thought the story was on a 1-10 scale. Two weeks later, they were given a recognition task. Results showed Group 2 performed better on the memory task. Study 2: Procedure was similar to study 1, but half of the participants received a beta-blocker, which prevents activation of the amygdala caused by adrenaline. The other half received a placebo. Results showed that the two group performed similarly on the memory task.

the role of emotion on memory (Cane, n.d.). Study 1: Participants were randomly allocated into one of two groups: Group 1: saw 12 slides about a boring story where a boy went to a hospital with his mother.Group 2: saw 12 about an emotionally provoking story about a boy who was involved in a car accident.

cGaugh & Cahill (1995) conducted a lab experiment to investigate

Addison's Disease (Hypoadrenalism is a disorder characterizedby insufficient production of hormones, including adrenaline, by the adrenal glands, which lead to symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, low blood pressure, and difficulty responding to stressful situations.Pheochromocytoma (Hyperadrenergic State) is a rare tumor of the adrenal gland that can lead to overproduction of adrenaline, which can cause symptoms such as high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and anxiety (Cleveland Clinic, n.d.).


Adrenaline prepares the body to respond to the perceived danger by increasing heart rate, dilating airways in the lungs, and redirecting blood flow to vital organs and muscles (Cleveland Clinic, n.d.).


also known asepinephrine, is a hormone and a neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in the "fight or flight" response, which is the body's immediate and automatic response to stress. It is produced by the adrenal glands, which are located on top of each kidney.


The role of adrenaline in the creation of flashbulb memory

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Cane, J. (n.d.). McGaugh & Cahill (1995). InThinking. https://www.thinkib.net/psychology/page/24255/mcgaugh-cahill-1995 Cleveland Clinic. (n.d.). Adrenaline. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/body/23038-adrenalineCleveland Clinic. (n.d.). Adrenal Disorders. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16717-adrenal-disorders