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Memory. 1999 Sep-Nov;7(5-6):679-702.

A positron emission tomography (PET) study of autobiographical memory retrieval.

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  • 1Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, UK.


Memory for the experiences of one's life, autobiographical memory (AM), is one of the most human types of memory, yet comparatively little is known of its neurobiology. A positron emission tomography (PET) study of AM retrieval revealed that the left frontal cortex was significantly active during retrieval (compared to memory control tasks), together with activation in the inferior temporal and occipital lobes in the left hemisphere. We propose that this left frontal lobe activation reflects the operation of control processes that modulate the construction of AMs in posterior neocortical networks.

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