Strategic Control of Memory

B. A. Kuhl, A. D. Wagner

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Cognitive control mechanisms permit memory to be accessed strategically and so aid in bringing knowledge to mind that is relevant to current decisions and actions. A fundamental component of the strategic control of memory is the resolution of interference from competing, irrelevant representations. This article considers how the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (VLPFC) regulates mnemonic competition in multiple memory systems. We initially discuss how damage to lateral prefrontal cortex impacts mnemonic function and then consider recent neuroimaging and focal lesion findings that highlight the distinct roles that subregions of the VLPFC play in the control of memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Neuroscience
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780080450469
StatePublished - 2009


  • Cognitive control
  • Controlled retrieval
  • Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex
  • Episodic memory
  • Executive function
  • Frontal lobes
  • Inhibition
  • Interference
  • Selection
  • Semantic memory
  • Ventrolateral prefrontal cortex
  • Working memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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