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

@article{Adolphs2005AmygdalaDI,
  title={Amygdala damage impairs emotional memory for gist but not details of complex stimuli},
  author={Ralph Adolphs and Daniel Tranel and Tony W. Buchanan},
  journal={Nature Neuroscience},
  year={2005},
  volume={8},
  pages={512-518}
}
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… 
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