Predicting Memory

There's a nice article in Nature Neuroscience about the ERP correlates of successful memory encoding, which shows that successful encoding can be predicted on the basis of ERP waveforms even before the to-be-remembered items are presented. This has powerful implications for the interpretations of memory encoding processes drawn from fMRI research, which has lower temporal resolution (these "anticipation" effects may not be captured independently from encoding effects). In addition, fMRI image processing requires a comparison condition in which the neural activity from a control task is subtracted from the activity in the experimental task; up until now, no one knew that you needed to control for even the anticipation of a cue.

Via Positive Technology Journal

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