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How We Transmit Memories to Other Brains: Constructing Shared Neural Representations Via Communication

Author(s): Zadbood, Asieh; Chen, J.; Leong, Y.C.; Norman, Kenneth A.; Hasson, Uri

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Abstract: Humans are able to mentally construct an episode when listening to another person’s recollection, even though they themselves did not experience the events. However, it is unknown how strongly the neural patterns elicited by mental construction resemble those found in the brain of the individual who experienced the original events. Using fMRI and a verbal communication task, we traced how neural patterns associated with viewing specific scenes in a movie are encoded, recalled, and then transferred to a group of naïve listeners. By comparing neural patterns across the 3 conditions, we report, for the first time, that event-specific neural patterns observed in the default mode network are shared across the encoding, recall, and construction of the same reallife episode. This study uncovers the intimate correspondences between memory encoding and event construction, and highlights the essential role our common language plays in the process of transmitting one’s memories to other brains.
Publication Date: 1-Oct-2017
Electronic Publication Date: 11-Aug-2017
Citation: Zadbood, A, Chen, J, Leong, YC, Norman, KA, Hasson, U. (2017). How We Transmit Memories to Other Brains: Constructing Shared Neural Representations Via Communication. Cerebral Cortex, 27 (10), 4988 - 5000. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhx202
DOI: doi:10.1093/cercor/bhx202
ISSN: 1047-3211
EISSN: 1460-2199
Pages: 4988 - 5000
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Cerebral Cortex
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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