Long-term memory and lack of mental images

Bonn researchers find connection between autobiographical memory and aphantasy

When people lack visual imagination, this is known as “aphantasia”. Scientists from University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn and DZNE investigated how this lack of mental imagery affects long-term memory. They found that two specific brain regions – the hippocampus and the occipital lobe – as well as their interaction, have an influence on the impaired recall of personal memories in aphantasia. The research team led by Dr. Cornelia McCormick reports on this in the scientific journal “eLife”.

Original publication
Hippocampal-occipital connectivity reflects autobiographical memory deficits in aphantasia.
Merlin Monzel et al.
eLife (2024)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.94916.1

More information
Press release UKB


February 2024

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