Behavioural Neurology

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Volume 19 |Article ID 568057 |

Patrizia Turriziani, Massimiliano Oliveri, Silvia Salerno, Floriana Costanzo, Giacomo Koch, Carlo Caltagirone, Giovanni Augusto Carlesimo, "Recognition Memory and Prefrontal Cortex: Dissociating Recollection and Familiarity Processes Using rTMS", Behavioural Neurology, vol. 19, Article ID 568057, 5 pages, 2008.

Recognition Memory and Prefrontal Cortex: Dissociating Recollection and Familiarity Processes Using rTMS

Received31 Mar 2008
Accepted31 Mar 2008


Recognition memory can be supported by both the assessment of the familiarity of an item and by the recollection of the context in which an item was encountered. The neural substrates of these memory processes are controversial. To address these issues we applied repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) over the right and left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) of healthy subjects performing a remember/know task. rTMS disrupted familiarity judgments when applied before encoding of stimuli over both right and left DLPFC. rTMS disrupted recollection when applied before encoding of stimuli over the right DLPFC. These findings suggest that the DLPFC plays a critical role in recognition memory based on familiarity as well as recollection.

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