Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología
versão impressa ISSN 0120-0534
BOTELHO DE OLIVEIRA, Silvia et al. Evaluation of declarative memory associated with emotional content in lobotomized patients . Rev. Latinoam. Psicol. [online]. 2008, vol.40, n.2, pp. 229-241. ISSN 0120-0534.
Several studies have demonstrated that long-term declarative memory is enhanced by emotional arousal contents. Additionally, the role of the temporal lobe in memory associated to emotional stimuli has been evaluated through the audio-visual Emotional Memory Test, where emotional content is presented by complex narratives. The present study examined if Token Testâ's performance influenced the long-term retention associated to emotional arousal in patients undergoing unilateral temporal lobectomy. A sample of 48 volunteers, were evaluated by Trail Making Test, Token Test and audio-visual Test. Patients didnâ't show a mnemonic enhancement effect, particularly, those with left lobectomy. Low Token's performance did not show any correlation with audio-visual Test's performances. Results highlight the importance of left temporal lobe for long-term enhancement of declarative memory associated to emotional events.
Palavras-chave : Declarative memory; Emotional arousal; Mnemonic enhancement; Temporal lobe.