Amygdala oscillations and the consolidation of emotional memories

Denis Paré, Dawn R. Collins, Joe Guillaume Pelletier

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The amygdala receives multi-modal sensory inputs and projects to virtually all levels of the central nervous system. Via these widespread projections, the amygdala facilitates consolidation of emotionally arousing memories. How the amygdala promotes synaptic plasticity elsewhere in the brain remains unknown, however. Recent work indicates that amygdala neurons show theta activity during emotional arousal, and various types of oscillations during sleep. These synchronized neuronal events could promote synaptic plasticity by facilitating interactions between neocortical storage sites and temporal lobe structures involved in declarative memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-314
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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