The effect of pre-existing memory representations on repetition-related N250r and N400

[Speaker] Nie, Aiqing:1
1:Zhejiang University (China (People's Republic of China))

Studies of repetition priming have found two face-sensitive event-related potential (ERP) components: the N250r and the N400, both of which depend in part upon the presence or absence of a pre-existing face representation. However, the N250r is rarely reported for a repetition interval between immediate repetition and 3 minutes; in addition, whether different types of representations function in the same way is also of interest. The goal of the present experiment is to compare the ERP patterns for faces versus letter strings as a function of the pre-existing memory representation with a repetition interval of 1.5 minutes on average. We found reliable frontally positive N250r and N400 for famous faces and words; marginally significant effects for pseudo-words; only the centro-parietal N400 for unfamiliar faces. Collectively, the N250r persists in the present intermediate intervals, and both the frontal N250r and the frontal N400 are domain-general, sensitive to the pre-existing memory representation.
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