Recognition memory for words and pictures: an event-related potential study

Aatrid M. Schloerscheidt, Michael D. Rugg

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    EVENT-RELATED potentials (ERPs) were recorded during the test phase of recognition memory tests for words and pictures of objects. ERPs elicited by recognized items contained a temporo-parietally distributed positive shift (the parietal old/new effect), which was strongly left lateralized regardless of stimulus type. This finding suggests that the lateral distribution of the parietal old/new effect is unrelated to the lateralization of the memory functions supported by the medial temporal lobe memory system. The ERPs to pictures, but not to words, also demonstrated frontally distributed old/new effects, which shifted over time from a left-to a right-sided maximum. These effects may reflect the richer informational content associated with episodic memory for pictures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3281-3284
    Number of pages4
    Issue number15
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 1997


    • picture memory
    • recognition memory
    • BRAIN
    • ERP old/new effect
    • episodic memory
    • MODELS


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