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Brain, Perception, MemoryAdvances in Cognitive Neuroscience$
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Johan J. Bolhuis

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524823.001.0001

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Neuronal correlates of recognition memory

Neuronal correlates of recognition memory

(p.185) 11 Neuronal correlates of recognition memory
Brain, Perception, Memory

Malcolm W. Brown

Oxford University Press

This chapter is concerned with neuronal responses that carry information relating to the previous occurrence of visual stimuli. It concentrates on what is known of neuronal responses within this perirhinal system and their potential relationships to familiarity and recency discrimination for individual items. As early as 1987, the author of this chapter and his collaborators reported that neurons in extrahippocampal temporal cortex seemed to be more important for recognition memory than neurons in the hippocampus. They found that neurons in the perirhinal cortex of both rats and monkeys are sensitive to the familiarity and recency of visual stimuli. In addition, a system involving the hippocampus proper is thought to be important for recognition involving the recollection of associations and the spatial context of events.

Keywords:   neuronal responses, visual stimuli, recency discrimination, extrahippocampal temporal cortex, recognition memory

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