Dr. Tim Schoenfeld, assistant professor of psychology, recently had an article published in Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, the official journal of the International Neuroendocrine Federation. The article, titled “Behavioral and structural adaptations to stress,” can be found here.
Schoenfeld said, “In the review, we talk about how stressful experiences affect both behavior and the structure and plasticity of the brain. Although we normally consider the effects of stress to be ‘negative,’ these changes in behavior and brain are adaptive for the organism. What we talk about then is how adult-born neurons in the hippocampus might mediate these adaptive changes, and without them both, behavior and the brain might be less adaptable to the environment.”