Cognitive neuroscience of emotional memory.

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Journal Article (Review)

Emotional events often attain a privileged status in memory. Cognitive neuroscientists have begun to elucidate the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying emotional retention advantages in the human brain. The amygdala is a brain structure that directly mediates aspects of emotional learning and facilitates memory operations in other regions, including the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Emotion-memory interactions occur at various stages of information processing, from the initial encoding and consolidation of memory traces to their long-term retrieval. Recent advances are revealing new insights into the reactivation of latent emotional associations and the recollection of personal episodes from the remote past.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • LaBar, KS; Cabeza, R

Published Date

  • January 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 54 - 64

PubMed ID

  • 16371950

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16371950

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1471-0048

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1471-003X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nrn1825

Language

  • eng