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Dark chocolate is best: Neural substrates of stimulus selection

Selection of some incoming stimuli for further processing (while ignoring other stimuli) is essential for efficient cognitive processing and many everyday behaviours are triggered by environmental cues. Associative learning procedures test our ability to link a cue (conditioned stimulus, CS, e.g. food taste) with an outcome (unconditioned stimulus, US, e.g. illness). These procedures are readily adapted to measure cue competition with different stimuli and the salience of available cues is an important determinant of learning. The inherent features of the CS are one important determinant of salience, e.g. relative intensity or other facets which in effect determine how obvious the CS is relative to other available cues (intrinsic salience). Salience can also be based on past experience with a cue (acquired salience).

Using eye-tracking to investigate recognition memory

Normal visual recognition memory requires communication between brain regions (especially the perirhinal cortex) and involve known, specific neurotransmitters. These uncontroversial conclusions have been drawn from the findings of experiments that use imaging, lesion and inactivation techniques with humans, primates and rodents.
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