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Despite its physiological and clinical relevance, the influence of hydrocortisone on specific kinds of learning remains relatively unexplored. We measured the effect of hydrocortisone on motor sequence and reward learning under non-stress conditions. For the study, 54 healthy young volunteers were randomly assigned to a dose of 20 mg hydrocortisone versus placebo. Participants performed two well-defined learning tasks. Hydrocortisone did not affect motor sequence or reward learning.

Original publication

DOI

10.1177/0269881118760664

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Psychopharmacol

Publication Date

05/2018

Volume

32

Pages

591 - 594

Keywords

Motor learning, hydrocortisone, reward learning