The hippocampus supports both recollection and familiarity when memories are strong.

@article{Smith2011TheHS,
  title={The hippocampus supports both recollection and familiarity when memories are strong.},
  author={Christine N Smith and John T. Wixted and Larry R Squire},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2011},
  volume={31 44},
  pages={15693-702}
}
Recognition memory is thought to consist of two component processes--recollection and familiarity. It has been suggested that the hippocampus supports recollection, while adjacent cortex supports familiarity. However, the qualitative experiences of recollection and familiarity are typically confounded with a quantitative difference in memory strength (recollection > familiarity). Thus, the question remains whether the hippocampus might in fact support familiarity-based memories whenever they… CONTINUE READING
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