Brain activation and the phonological loop: The impact of rehearsal

Robert H. Logie, Annalena Venneri, Sergio Della Sala, Thomas W. Redpath, Ian Marshall

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Brain activation studies offer valuable techniques for exploring human cognition to complement behavioral measures and several studies report a wide range of neuroanatomical networks activated during verbal immediate memory. Behavioral investigations have shown use of multiple cognitive strategies across and within individuals, although aggregate data appear to reflect a common cognitive function. Variation in cognitive strategies could result in aggregate activation patterns that are relatively widespread and difficult to interpret. Imaging data (fMRI) from six participants instructed to use subvocal rehearsal showed significant left hemisphere activation in the inferior parietal gyrus and inferior and middle frontal gyri, a pattern of activation more clearly focused than in previous brain activation studies of immediate verbal serial ordered recall. Our results should be relatively free of the influence of other mental operations, and emphasise the importance of considering which cognitive strategies might give rise to focused or to diverse patterns of brain activation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-296
Number of pages4
JournalBrain and Cognition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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