Brain Activation During Autobiographical Memory Retrieval with Special Reference to Default Mode Network
Tadashi Inoa, *, Ryusuke Nakaib, Takashi Azumab, Toru Kimuraa, Hidenao Fukuyamac
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2011
First Page: 14
Last Page: 23
Publisher Id: TONIJ-5-14
Article History:Received Date: 21/9/2010
Revision Received Date: 4/11/2010
Acceptance Date: 5/11/2010
Electronic publication date: 25/4/2011
Collection year: 2011
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Recent neuroimaging studies have suggested that brain regions activated during retrieval of autobiographical memory (ABM) overlap with the default mode network (DMN), which shows greater activation during rest than cognitively demanding tasks and is considered to be involved in self-referential processing. However, detailed overlap and segregation between ABM and DMN remain unclear. This fMRI study focuses first on revealing components of the DMN which are related to ABM and those which are unrelated to ABM, and second on extracting the neural bases which are specifically devoted to ABM. Brain activities relative to rest during three tasks matched in task difficulty assessed by reaction time were investigated by fMRI; category cued recall from ABM, category cued recall from semantic memory, and number counting task. We delineated the overlap between the regions that showed less activation during semantic memory and number counting relative to rest, which correspond to the DMN, and the areas that showed greater or less activation during ABM relative to rest. ABM-specific activation was defined as the overlap between the contrast of ABM versus rest and the contrast of ABM versus semantic memory. The fMRI results showed that greater activation as well as less activation during ABM relative to rest overlapped considerably with the DMN, indicating that the DMN is segregated to the regions which are functionally related to ABM and the regions which are unrelated to ABM. ABM-specific activation was observed in the left-lateralized brain regions and most of them fell within the DMN.