Fri Feb 10, 2006
5101 Tolman, 11 AM–1 PM
|Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Neal Cohen (Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Cognitive Neuroscience Studies of Relational (Declarative) Memory
Using converging cognitive neuroscience evidence, data will be presented in support of the idea that the hippocampus is centrally involved in (and amnesia is essentially a deficit of) a fundamentally relational form of memory. This form of (declarative) memory, and more specifically the processes of relational memory binding and activation, supports memory for relations among perceptually distinct items. This system mediates the creation and use of flexible, long-term memory representations of the relations among the constituent elements of the events, situations, or scenes encountered in daily life (or in the laboratory), supporting explicit remembering, conscious recollection, and also implicit memory performances that rely upon relational representations.