Special Issue "The Role of Stress and Glucocorticoids in Learning and Memory"

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Cognitive Neuroscience".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. César Venero
Guest Editor
Department of Psychobiology, School of Psychology, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, Spain
Interests: learning & memory; stress; cortisol; perceived stress; loneliness; aging; mild cognitive impairment
Prof. Dr. Alicia Salvador
Guest Editor
Departamento de Psicobiología, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Interests: reproductive endocrinology; memory; sleep; memory and learning; psychological resilience; neuroscience; neural plasticity; cognitive neuroscience; psychological assessment; psychophysiology; cognitive neuropsychology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A growing body of literature indicates that exposure to stressful events can positively or negatively modulate the amount of information that is learned, consolidated, and retrieved. This modulation depends not only on the type of stress, but also on the time that the stressful experience occurs, its duration, and its intensity. In addition, age and sex/gender differences have been observed in the specific effects of stress on cognitive function.

Considering that more research is required to extend and advance our scientific understanding of the nexus about how stress can affect learning and memory, in this Special Issue we look forward to receiving novel and original papers and reviews related (but not limited) to the following topics:

  • learning and memory under stress;
  • stressful life events and cognitive function;
  • stress response and cognitive abilities;
  • cognitive resilience.

We want to bring together a set of cutting-edge research articles that attempt to take these topics forward. The contribution may include a mixture of theoretical, conceptual, and empirical cases, but must very clearly address one or more of the Special Issue topics.

We also solicit original, unpublished empirical studies in animals and humans. Review papers are also welcome, but as the Special Issue may include a number of invited reviews, these should be discussed with the editors at an early stage to avoid duplication. Also, please ask one of the editors if you are uncertain whether a report of your research would be suitable for inclusion.

Dr. César Venero
Prof. Dr. Alicia Salvador
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Brain Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • stress
  • cortisol
  • learning and memory
  • early life stress
  • cognitive resilience
  • mild cognitive impairment
  • Alzheimer´s disease.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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