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Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

December 2011, Vol. 23, No. 12, Pages 3804-3816
(doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_00050)
© 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Right Frontal Lobe Mediation of Recollection- and Familiarity-based Verbal Recognition Memory: Evidence from Patients with Tumor Resections
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Medial-temporal, parietal, and pFC regions have been implicated in recollection and familiarity, but existing evidence from neuroimaging and patient studies is limited and conflicting regarding the role of specific regions within pFC in these memory processes. We report a study of 20 patients who had undergone resection of right frontal lobe tumors and 20 matched healthy control participants. The location and extent of lesions were traced on the patients' scans. A process dissociation procedure was employed to yield estimates of the contributions of recollection and familiarity in verbal recognition performance. Group comparisons revealed deficits in recollection but not familiarity in the patient group relative to their healthy counterparts. We found a positive relationship between estimates of familiarity and lesion sizes in the right inferior pFC (BA 11, 47) which was significant upon bootstrap resampling. These results are discussed in terms of prior work linking this area to an overextended sense of familiarity.