The Hippocampus Supports Recognition Memory for Familiar Words but Not Unfamiliar Faces

@article{Bird2008TheHS,
  title={The Hippocampus Supports Recognition Memory for Familiar Words but Not Unfamiliar Faces},
  author={Chris M. Bird and Neil Burgess},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2008},
  volume={18},
  pages={1932-1936}
}
Bilateral damage to the human hippocampus profoundly impairs the ability to form long-term, consciously accessible memories, producing a classic amnesic syndrome. However, the effect of hippocampal damage on our ability to recognize items via a feeling of familiarity is hotly disputed. Dual-process theory predicts no effect, whereas declarative memory theory predicts impairment of all types of recognition memory. Here, we demonstrate a striking material specificity in the effect of focal… CONTINUE READING