According to a just-published study in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, during your Week 3 and Week 4 (the second half of your cycle) when you read a shocking news article, hear juicy gossip, participate in a surprise party or have another emotionally-charged experience, you’re more likely to remember the small details of it later on, such as what a person wore or said. One theory from the researchers about why this occurs is that during this phase, progesterone makes your brain better at forming stronger memories of emotion-based events, enabling you to remember more of the particulars.
Surprising discovery about your memory
Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.