Preventing interference between different memory tasks

Cohen, D. A. and Robertson, E. M. (2011) Preventing interference between different memory tasks. Nature Neuroscience, 14(8), pp. 953-955. (doi:10.1038/nn.2840) (PMID:21706019) (PMCID:PMC3144999)

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Abstract

When learned in quick succession, declarative and motor skill tasks interfere with one another and subsequent recall is impaired. Depending on the order of the tasks, we were able to prevent memory interference in humans by applying transcranial magnetic stimulation to either the dorsolateral prefrontal or the primary motor cortex, and neither memory was impaired. Our observations suggest that distinct mechanisms support the communication between different types of memory processing.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the US National Institutes of Health (R01 NS051446 and NS051446-03S1, E.M.R.) and the National Science Foundation (Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences 0921177, E.M.R.)
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robertson, Professor Edwin
Authors: Cohen, D. A., and Robertson, E. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Journal Name:Nature Neuroscience
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
ISSN:1097-6256
ISSN (Online):1546-1726
Published Online:26 June 2011

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