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Sleep Leads to Qualitative Changes in the Emotional Memory Trace: Evidence From fMRI

Poster Session VII - Board: VII- 069
Saturday, May 29, 2010, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
APS Exhibit Hall

Jessica D. Payne
University of Notre Dame

Elizabeth Kensinger
Boston College

We provide neural evidence for a qualitative shift in emotional memories following sleep. While the hippocampus was activated during retrieval of negative objects following wake and sleep, sleep led to a shift from engagement of a diffuse memory retrieval network to a more refined network of limbic regions, including the amygdala and ventromedial prefrontal cortex.

Subject Area: Physiological/Neuroscience
Keywords: Human Learning and Memory

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