Brain activity before an event predicts later recollection

Nat Neurosci. 2006 Apr;9(4):489-91. doi: 10.1038/nn1663. Epub 2006 Feb 26.


Neural activity elicited by an event can predict whether the event is successfully encoded into memory. Here we assessed whether memory encoding relies not only on neural activity that follows an event, but also on activity that precedes it. In two experiments we found that human brain activity elicited by a cue presented just before a word could predict whether the word would be recollected in a later memory test.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Evoked Potentials
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology*
  • Neuropsychological Tests