Effect of emotion on memory for words and their context

Monika Riegel , Małgorzata Wierzba , Anna Grabowska , Katarzyna Jednoróg , Artur Marchewka

Abstract

Emotion influences various cognitive processes, such as memory. This beneficial or detrimental effect can be studied with verbal material, yet in this case a broad term of context has to be taken into account. The present work reviews recent literature and proposes that traditional differentiation between semantic and environmental context should be replaced with a novel conceptualization of hippocampus-dependent relational memory and item memory (related to the activations of cuneus and left amygdala). Additionally, instead of list-learning paradigms, words should be memorized in the context of sentences or stories for better control over their meaning. The recent evidence suggests that of particular importance for ecological validity in research paradigms is the presence of communicative and social context of verbal material related to such processes as theory of mind and brain activations in temporoparietal junction, posterior cingulate cortex, and dorsal medial prefrontal cortex. We propose that studying memory of verbal material within context gives a better understanding of enhancing and impairing effects of emotion as well as of the underlying brain mechanisms.J. Comp. Neurol., 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Author Monika Riegel
Monika Riegel,,
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, Małgorzata Wierzba
Małgorzata Wierzba,,
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, Anna Grabowska (Wydział Psychologii)
Anna Grabowska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Katarzyna Jednoróg
Katarzyna Jednoróg,,
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, Artur Marchewka
Artur Marchewka,,
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Journal seriesJournal of Comparative Neurology, ISSN 0021-9967, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2016
Vol8
No524
Pages1636-1645
Publication size in sheets0.3
Keywords in Englishverbal episodic memory, emotion, affective dimensions, basic emotions, words, sentences, context, unitization, relational memory, integrative associative memory, social relevance, communicative context
ASJC Classification2800 General Neuroscience
DOIDOI:10.1002/cne.23928
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cne.23928
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.009; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 3.266 (2) - 2016=3.292 (5)
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