Emotional memory: a clue to anxiety

WOMEN develop anxiety disorders at twice the rate of men, but researchers have yet to pinpoint why.

To test a hypothesis that a biological mechanism could be at play, clinical psychologist Dr Kim Felmingham and her colleagues at the University of Tasmania set up a study to investigate whether women experienced greater release of stress hormones, which in turn led to greater consolidation and recall of emotional memories.

The study involved 80 healthy volunteers who were split into