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  Knowing me, knowing you: Resting-state functional connectivity of ventromedial prefrontal cortex dissociates memory related to self from a familiar other

de Caso, I., Karapanagiotidis, T., Aggius-Vella, E., Konishi, M., Margulies, D. S., Jefferies, E., et al. (2017). Knowing me, knowing you: Resting-state functional connectivity of ventromedial prefrontal cortex dissociates memory related to self from a familiar other. Brain and Cognition, 113, 65-75. doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2017.01.004.

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de Caso, Irene1, Author
Karapanagiotidis, Theodoros1, Author
Aggius-Vella, Elena2, Author
Konishi, Mahiko1, Author
Margulies, Daniel S.3, Author           
Jefferies, Elizabeth1, Author
Smallwood, Jonathan1, Author           
1Department of Psychology, University of York, Heslington, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
2Unit for Visually Impaired People, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy, ou_persistent22              
3Max Planck Research Group Neuroanatomy and Connectivity, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_1356546              


Free keywords: Default mode network; Medial prefrontal cortex; Self and other
 Abstract: Material related to the self, as well as to significant others, often displays mnemonic superiority through its associations with highly organised and elaborate representations. Neuroimaging studies suggest this effect is related to activation in regions of medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Incidental memory scores for trait adjectives, processed in relation to the self, a good friend and David Cameron were collected. Scores for each referent were used as regressors in seed-based analyses of resting state fMRI data performed in ventral, middle and dorsal mPFC seeds, as well as hippocampal formation. Stronger memory for self-processed items was predicted by functional connnectivity between ventral mPFC, angular gyrus and middle temporal gyri. These regions are within the default mode network, linked to relatively automatic aspects of memory retrieval. In contrast, memory for items processed in relation to best friends, was better in individuals whose ventral mPFC showed relatively weak connectivity with paracingulate gyrus as well as positive connectivity with lateral prefrontal and parietal regions associated with controlled retrieval. These results suggest that mechanisms responsible for memory related to ourselves and personally-familiar people are partially dissociable and reflect connections between ventral mPFC, implicated in schema-based memory, and regions implicated in more automatic and controlled aspects of retrieval.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2016-11-292016-05-232017-01-042017-02-012017-04
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2017.01.004
PMID: 28160686
Other: Epub 2017
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Grant ID : BB/J006963/1
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Funding organization : Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Project name : Wedding bells or bedding wells? Lexical and semantic influences on phoneme binding / SEMBIND
Grant ID : 283530
Funding program : Funding Programme 7
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)
Project name : Not all minds that wander are lost: A neurocognitive test of mind-wandering state’s contribution to human cognition / WANDERINGMINDS
Grant ID : 646927
Funding program : Horizon 2020
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)
Project name : “Prospective Psychology Stage 2: A Research Competition”
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Funding organization : John Templeton Foundation

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Title: Brain and Cognition
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: Orlando, Fla. : Academic Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 113 Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 65 - 75 Identifier: ISSN: 0278-2626
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954922648105