What is it about?
This research delves into how chronic academic stress impacts brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a key player in learning and memory, and the stress hormone, cortisol. We try to standardize how to measure BDNF in blood samples and examine its variability in both serum and plasma. We also look into whether academic stress causes shifts in the levels of BDNF and cortisol. The study involves voluntary participants, mostly students, who provide blood and saliva samples. Our investigation seeks to identify the factors ensuring accurate BDNF measurement, and to understand how academic stress might influence these crucial physiological aspects.
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Why is it important?
Understanding the relationship between academic stress and BDNF levels is crucial in studying how stress can affect our learning and memory capabilities. Additionally, by establishing a standardized method for collecting BDNF levels, we provide a foundation for future research to build upon, promoting reproducibility and comparability between studies. Recognizing the effects of academic stress on these parameters can pave the way for better mental health strategies among students.
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This page is a summary of: Peripheral brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and salivary cortisol levels in college students with different levels of academic stress. Study protocol, PLoS ONE, February 2023, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0282007.
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