Poster E71, Monday, March 26, 2:30-4:30 pm, Exhibit Hall C
Dynamics of brain activity reveal a unitary recognition signal
Christoph T. Weidemann1,2, Michael J. Kahana2; 1Swansea University, Wales, UK, 2University of Pennsylvania
Dual-process models of recognition memory typically assume that independent familiarity and recollection signals with distinct temporal profiles can each lead to recognition (enabling two routes to recognition), whereas single-process models posit a unitary "memory strength" signal. Using multivariate classifiers trained on spectral EEG features, we quantified neural evidence for recognition decisions as a function of time. Classifiers trained on a small portion of the decision period performed similarly to those also incorporating information from previous time points indicating that neural activity reflects an integrated evidence signal. We propose a single-route account of recognition memory that is compatible with contributions from familiarity and recollection signals, but relies on a unitary evidence signal that integrates all available evidence.
Topic Area: LONG-TERM MEMORY: Episodic