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Brain Cogn. 2004 Dec;56(3):313-9.

Increased interhemispheric interaction is associated with decreased false memories in a verbal converging semantic associates paradigm.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606, USA.


Recent evidence indicates that task and subject variables that are associated with increased interaction between the left and right cerebral hemispheres result in enhanced performance on tests of episodic memory. The current study looked at the effects of increased interhemispheric interaction on false memories using a verbal converging semantic associates paradigm. In Experiment 1, strong right-handedness (which is associated with decreased interhemispheric interaction) was associated with higher rates of false memories. In Experiment 2, bilateral saccadic eye movements (which are associated with increases in interhemispheric interaction) were associated with fewer false memories. The results provide further support for an interhemispheric basis for episodic/explicit memory.

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