(199) The posterior parietal cortex (PPC) has a unique role in memory retrieval: fMRI1–4 and electrocorticography5 studies suggest that within the ventral PPC (VPC) specifically, there is an anterior-posterior functional divergence between externally-oriented and internally-oriented attention to memory (AtoM)6–9. However, the role of VPC during verbal episodic encoding, and the relationship between encoding- and retrieval-related activity, is less understood. Here we show that activation within a subregion of VPC is doubly dissociated between its anterior and posterior parts, during encoding compared to recall in a free recall task. We found that regional activation defined by increased high gamma power and decreased beta power oscillations during encoding and recall correlated with recall success. During word encoding, iEEG sites that showed this correlation were located anterior to those that showed deactivation. Conversely, during word recall, sites that showed stronger correlations between activity and number of words recalled were located more posteriorly. Our results demonstrate the significance of high gamma and beta oscillations suggesting a push-pull relationship between attention to external stimuli and internal memories within left ventral PPC. Knowledge of this divergence of function along the anterior-posterior axis within left ventral PPC may prove useful for guiding brain stimulation strategies.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Jan 30 2019|
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