Amygdala damage impairs emotional memory for gist but not details of complex stimuli

  title={Amygdala damage impairs emotional memory for gist but not details of complex stimuli},
  author={R. Adolphs and D. Tranel and T. Buchanan},
  journal={Nature Neuroscience},
  • R. Adolphs, D. Tranel, T. Buchanan
  • Published 2005
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Nature Neuroscience
  • Neurobiological studies demonstrate the amygdala's role in emotional memory, and psychological studies suggest a particular pattern: enhanced memory for the gist but not the details of complex stimuli. We hypothesized that these two findings are related. Whereas normal (n = 52) and brain-damaged (n = 22) controls showed the expected enhancement of gist memory when the encoding context was emotional, persons with unilateral damage to the medial temporal lobe including the amygdala (n = 16) did… CONTINUE READING

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