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When we remember an event, it is as if we travel back in time to the original experience of that event. In this study, we asked whether this reinstatement also happens for simple audio-visual associations.

We found that we could predict the remembered orientations from the activity patterns in visual cortex for our participants. Interestingly, the better we could predict, the higher the activity was in the hippocampus. These findings suggest that the hippocampus supports memory reinstatement in early visual cortex.

This study was a collaboration between Christian Doeller’s, Janneke Jehee’s and Guillen Fernandez’ research groups at the Donders Institute at Radboud University and Radboudumc, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. This work was supported by the ERC (Doeller).


Participants learned to pair tones with oriented visual gratings. In the fMRI scanner, they were presented with tones and remembered the associated orientations.

Als we ons een gebeurenis herinneren, is het alsof we terug in de tijd reizen naar de originele ervaring van die gebeurtenis. In deze studie onderzochten we of deze geheugenreactivatie ook gebeurt bij simpele audio-visuele associaties.
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Wenn wir uns an ein Ereignis erinnern, ist es als würden wir dieses Ereignis noch einmal erleben. In dieser Studie untersuchten wir, ob dieses ‘Wiedererleben’ auch bei einfachen Assoziationen zwischen Tönen und graphischen Mustern stattfindet.
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