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Separating content-specific retrieval from post-retrieval processing

Doidge, Amie N., Evans, Lisa H. ORCID:, Herron, Jane E. ORCID: and Wilding, Edward L. 2017. Separating content-specific retrieval from post-retrieval processing. Cortex 86 , pp. 1-10. 10.1016/j.cortex.2016.10.003

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According to cortical reinstatement accounts, neural processes engaged at the time of encoding are re-engaged at the time of memory retrieval. The temporal precision of event-related potentials (ERPs) has been exploited to assess this possibility, and in this study ERPs were acquired while people made memory judgments to visually presented words encoded in two different ways. There were reliable differences between the scalp distributions of the signatures of successful retrieval of different contents from 300 to 1100 ms after stimulus presentation. Moreover, the scalp distributions of these content-sensitive effects changed during this period. These findings are, to our knowledge, the first demonstration in one study that ERPs reflect content-specific processing in two separable ways: first, via reinstatement, and second, via downstream processes that operate on recovered information in the service of memory judgments.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Context reinstatement; Episodic memory; Content-specific retrieval; Recollection
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license.
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0010-9452
Funders: Wellcome Trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 November 2016
Date of Acceptance: 4 October 2016
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 20:18

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