A positron emission tomography (PET) study of autobiographical memory retrieval.

Martin Conway (Corresponding Author), David John Turk, Shannon Miller, Jessica Logan, Robert Nebes, Caroline Meltzer, James Becker

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Abstract

Memory for the experiences of one’ s life, autobiographical memory (AM), is one
of the most human types of memory, yet comparatively little is known of its
neurobiology. A positron emission tomography (PET) study of AM retrieval
revealed that the left frontal cortex was significantly active during retrieval
(compared to memory control tasks), together with activation in the inferior
temporal and occipital lobes in the left hemisphere. We propose that this left
frontal lobe activation reflects the operation of control processes that modulate the
construction of AMs in posterior neocortical networks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-702
Number of pages24
JournalMemory
Volume7
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Keywords

  • self, memory, autobiographical memory, PET, brain imaging

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