Remembering beauty: roles of orbitofrontal and hippocampal regions in successful memory encoding of attractive faces.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Behavioral data have shown that attractive faces are better remembered but the neural mechanisms of this effect are largely unknown. To investigate this issue, female participants were scanned with event-related functional MRI (fMRI) while rating the attractiveness of male faces. Memory for the faces was tested after fMRI scanning and was used to identify successful encoding activity (subsequent memory paradigm). As expected, attractive faces were remembered better than other faces. The study yielded three main fMRI findings. First, activity in the right orbitofrontal cortex increased linearly as a function of attractiveness ratings. Second, activity in the left hippocampus increased as a function of subsequent memory (subsequent misses

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tsukiura, T; Cabeza, R

Published Date

  • January 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 653 - 660

PubMed ID

  • 20659568

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2962707

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9572

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1053-8119

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.07.046


  • eng