Lecture: Brain mechanisms of emotion and emotional memory formation

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Location: 136 DeBartolo Hall

Speaker: Stephan Hamann, Ph.D., Emory University

Emotion has powerful effects on human memory, enhancing memory for stimuli and events by engaging specific limbic and neocortical brain mechanisms. These memory effects are selective, preferentially boosting memory for some aspects of an event while impairing memory for others. Hamman will survey neuroimaging and behavioral studies of emotion and emotional memory effects, focusing on how emotion selectively affects memory formation and the role of cognitive control and individual differences in modulating these effects. The implications of current debates over the brain representation of emotion for understanding emotional memory will also be considered.