Routes to remembering: the brains behind superior memory

Maguire, Eleanor A., Valentine, Elizabeth R., Wilding, John M. and Kapur, Narinder (2003) Routes to remembering: the brains behind superior memory. Nature Neuroscience, 6, (1), 90-95. (doi:10.1038/nn988).


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Why do some people have superior memory capabilities? We addressed this age-old question by examining individuals renowned for outstanding memory feats in forums such as the World Memory Championships. Using neuropsychological measures, as well as structural and functional brain imaging, we found that superior memory was not driven by exceptional intellectual ability or structural brain differences. Rather, we found that superior memorizers used a spatial learning strategy, engaging brain regions such as the hippocampus that are critical for memory and for spatial memory in particular. These results illustrate how functional neuroimaging might prove valuable in delineating the neural substrates of mnemonic techniques, which could broaden the scope for memory improvement in the general population and the memory-impaired

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1038/nn988
ISSNs: 1097-6256 (print)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Superseded - please use new divisions
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Clinical Neurosciences
ePrint ID: 41054
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Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:12

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