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Parietal lobe and episodic memory: bilateral damage causes impaired free recall of autobiographical memory.

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Berryhill, ME; Phuong, L; Picasso, L; Cabeza, R; Olson, IR
Published in: The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience
December 2007

Does the parietal lobe have a critical role in memory? The neuroimaging literature indicates that it has an important role, especially in episodic memory. However, the neuropsychological literature suggests that its role is more limited to attentional, spatial, or imagery aspects of memory. Here, we present data to adjudicate this disagreement. Two patients with bilateral parietal lobe damage received detailed assessments of their autobiographical memories. The results show that although both patients easily recalled various memories, their freely recalled memories were relatively impoverished, lacking in detail. This deficit was ubiquitous, and not limited to spatial or perceptual aspects of memory. The memory deficit disappeared when memory was specifically probed by asking pointed questions. Additional tests show that it is unlikely that their free recall deficit can be explained by general mental imagery problems. In sum, the parietal lobe appears to have a critical role in recollection aspects of episodic memory.

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Published In

The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience

DOI

EISSN

1529-2401

ISSN

0270-6474

Publication Date

December 2007

Volume

27

Issue

52

Start / End Page

14415 / 14423

Related Subject Headings

  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Space Perception
  • Semantics
  • Parietal Lobe
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Memory Disorders
  • Memory
  • Male
 

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Berryhill, M. E., Phuong, L., Picasso, L., Cabeza, R., & Olson, I. R. (2007). Parietal lobe and episodic memory: bilateral damage causes impaired free recall of autobiographical memory. The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 27(52), 14415–14423. https://doi.org/10.1523/jneurosci.4163-07.2007
Berryhill, Marian E., Lisa Phuong, Lauren Picasso, Roberto Cabeza, and Ingrid R. Olson. “Parietal lobe and episodic memory: bilateral damage causes impaired free recall of autobiographical memory.The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience 27, no. 52 (December 2007): 14415–23. https://doi.org/10.1523/jneurosci.4163-07.2007.
Berryhill ME, Phuong L, Picasso L, Cabeza R, Olson IR. Parietal lobe and episodic memory: bilateral damage causes impaired free recall of autobiographical memory. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 2007 Dec;27(52):14415–23.
Berryhill, Marian E., et al. “Parietal lobe and episodic memory: bilateral damage causes impaired free recall of autobiographical memory.The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, vol. 27, no. 52, Dec. 2007, pp. 14415–23. Epmc, doi:10.1523/jneurosci.4163-07.2007.
Berryhill ME, Phuong L, Picasso L, Cabeza R, Olson IR. Parietal lobe and episodic memory: bilateral damage causes impaired free recall of autobiographical memory. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 2007 Dec;27(52):14415–14423.

Published In

The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience

DOI

EISSN

1529-2401

ISSN

0270-6474

Publication Date

December 2007

Volume

27

Issue

52

Start / End Page

14415 / 14423

Related Subject Headings

  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Space Perception
  • Semantics
  • Parietal Lobe
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Memory Disorders
  • Memory
  • Male