Endogenous potentials generated in the human hippocampal formation and amygdala by infrequent events

Science. 1980 Nov 14;210(4471):803-5. doi: 10.1126/science.7434000.


Infrequent, attended, auditory and visual stimuli evoke large potentials in the human limbic system in tasks that usually evoke endogenous potentials at the scalp. The limbic potentials reverse polarity over small distances and correlate with unit discharges recorded by the same electrodes, indicating that they are locally generated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amygdala / physiology*
  • Auditory Perception / physiology
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Evoked Potentials
  • Hippocampus / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Membrane Potentials
  • Visual Perception / physiology