Representations of recent and remote autobiographical memories in hippocampal subfields

Heidi M Bonnici, Martin J Chadwick, Eleanor A Maguire

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Abstract

The hippocampus has long been implicated in supporting autobiographical memories, but little is known about how they are instantiated in hippocampal subfields. Using high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) combined with multivoxel pattern analysis we found that it was possible to detect representations of specific autobiographical memories in individual hippocampal subfields. Moreover, while subfields in the anterior hippocampus contained information about both recent (2 weeks old) and remote (10 years old) autobiographical memories, posterior CA3 and DG only contained information about the remote memories. Thus, the hippocampal subfields are differentially involved in the representation of recent and remote autobiographical memories during vivid recall.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-854
Number of pages6
JournalHippocampus
Volume23
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

Keywords

  • subfields
  • autobiographical
  • fMRI
  • MVPA
  • consolidation
  • hippocampus

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