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The effect of arousal on the emotional memory network depends on valence Katherine R. Mickley Steinmetz a,b,
 

Summary: The effect of arousal on the emotional memory network depends on valence
Katherine R. Mickley Steinmetz a,b,
, Donna Rose Addis b,c
, Elizabeth A. Kensinger a,b
a
Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
b
Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Charlestown, MA, USA
c
Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
a b s t r a c ta r t i c l e i n f o
Article history:
Received 11 February 2010
Revised 25 May 2010
Accepted 6 June 2010
Available online 11 June 2010
Some suggest that arousal is the essential element needed to engage the amygdala. However, the role of
arousal in the larger emotional memory network may differ depending on the valence (positive, negative) of
the to-be-remembered information. The goal of the current study was to determine the influence of arousal-
based changes in amygdalar connectivity for positive and negative items. Participants were shown emotional

  

Source: Addis, Donna Rose - Department of Psychology, University of Auckland

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine