Form-specific explicit and implicit memory in the right cerebral hemisphere

Chad J. Marsolek, Larry R. Squire, Stephen M. Kosslyn, Michael E. Lulenski

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Abstract

Results from 2 divided visual field (DVF) experiments indicate that in some conditions both explicit and implicit memory are greater when same-letter-case stimuli are presented directly to the right cerebral hemisphere (in the left visual field) than when they are presented directly to the left (in the right visual field). Explicit memory was measured with word-stem cued recall, and implicit memory was measured with word-stem completion priming. Words were presented centrally during encoding, and word stems were presented directly to the right hemisphere or to the left hemisphere during testing. Results for explicit memory contrast with findings from a previous DVF study that used a different procedure, those for implicit memory replicate previous DVF findings, and both results corroborate positron emission tomography findings. We suggest that a form-specific system in the right hemisphere may contribute to both explicit and implicit memory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-597
Number of pages10
JournalNeuropsychology
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

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