Enhanced Brain Correlations during Rest Are Related to Memory for Recent Experiences

Arielle Tambini, Nicholas Ketz, Lila Davachi

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Long-term storage of episodic memories is hypothesized to result from the off-line transfer of information from the hippocampus to neocortex, allowing a hippocampal-independent cortical representation to emerge. However, off-line hippocampal-cortical interactions have not been demonstrated to be linked with long-term memory. Here, using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we examined if hippocampal-cortical BOLD correlations during rest following an associative encoding task are related to later associative memory performance. Our data show enhanced functional connectivity between the hippocampus and a portion of the lateral occipital complex (LO) during rest following a task with high subsequent memory compared to pretask baseline resting connectivity. This effect is not seen during rest following a task with poor subsequent memory. Furthermore, the magnitude of hippocampal-LO correlations during posttask rest predicts individual differences in later associative memory. These results demonstrate the importance of postexperience resting brain correlations for memory for recent experiences. Video Abstract: {An electronic component is presented}.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-290
Number of pages11
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 28 2010



ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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