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Investigating the effects of cortisol on the storage of emotional memory

18 May 2019

You would be asked to come to UCL on a single occasion. As part of the study you watch a ‘stressful film’, complete some questionnaires and computer tasks. You should be aware that the film contains graphic scenes including sexual and interpersonal violence which some people might find distressing. After the visit you will need to fill in an online diary and an online questionnaire one week after your session at UCL so you must have reliable daily access to the internet.


  •  Men and Women
  •  Aged 18 – 35 years
  •  Women need to have been taking oral contraceptives for at least one month
  •  Fluent in English
  •  Do NOT have any current mental health problems
  •  Do NOT have cardio-respiratory problems or any serious medical condition
  •  Do NOT regularly use any psychoactive drugs (other than alcohol, caffeine and tobacco)
  •  Are NOT a daily smoker or drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week
  •  Please DO NOT take part if your would be particularly distressed by graphic scenes of sexual and interpersonal violence or feel faint at the sight of blood
  •  (Please note that these are not the only criteria for taking part and we will need to ask you some questions over the telephone to confirm you are eligible to take part)

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee (Project ID Number): 5583002

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