The Memory Enhancing Effect of Emotion: Functional Neuroimaging Evidence

Florin Dolcos, Kevin S. LaBar, Roberto Cabeza

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Emotional events are usually remembered better than neutral events. The anatomical and functional correlates of this phenomenon have been investigated in both animals and humans, with approaches ranging from neuropsychological and pharmacological to electrophysiological and functional neuroimaging. The present chapter reviews this evidence, focusing in particular on functional neuroimaging studies in humans, which have examined the effects of emotion on memory-related activity during both encoding and retrieval. The available evidence emphasizes the role of the amygdala, the medial temporal lobe memory system, and the prefrontal cortex. The chapter ends with a discussion of open issues and future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMemory and Emotion
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary Perspectives
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)1405139811, 9781405139816
StatePublished - Jan 11 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Emotion
  • Information
  • Memory
  • Neuroimaging
  • Psychological processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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