The Memory Enhancing Effect of Emotion: Functional Neuroimaging Evidence


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Emotional events are usually remembered better than neutral events. The anatomical and functional correlates of this phenomenon have been investigated in both animals and humans, with approaches ranging from neuropsychological and pharmacological to electrophysiological and functional neuroimaging. The present chapter reviews this evidence, focusing in particular on functional neuroimaging studies in humans, which have examined the effects of emotion on memory-related activity during both encoding and retrieval. The available evidence emphasizes the role of the amygdala, the medial temporal lobe memory system, and the prefrontal cortex. The chapter ends with a discussion of open issues and future directions. © 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dolcos, F; LaBar, KS; Cabeza, R

Published Date

  • January 11, 2008

Book Title

  • Memory and Emotion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Start / End Page

  • 105 - 134

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 1405139811

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781405139816

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/9780470756232.ch6

Citation Source

  • Scopus