Elixabeth A Kensinger

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Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Country: USA

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Memory enhancement for emotional words: are emotional words more vividly remembered than neutral words?
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
    Mem Cognit 31:1169-80. 2003
  2. ncbi request reprint Memory for contextual details: effects of emotion and aging
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Psychol Aging 20:241-50. 2005
  3. ncbi request reprint The effects of emotional content and aging on false memories
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
    Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 4:1-9. 2004
  4. ncbi request reprint Effect of negative emotional content on working memory and long-term memory
    Elixabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Emotion 3:378-93. 2003
  5. pmc Two routes to emotional memory: distinct neural processes for valence and arousal
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 101:3310-5. 2004
  6. ncbi request reprint Effects of Alzheimer disease on memory for verbal emotional information
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Building NE20 392, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Neuropsychologia 42:791-800. 2004
  7. ncbi request reprint Emotional content and reality-monitoring ability: fMRI evidence for the influences of encoding processes
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 33 Kirkland Street, Room 884, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Neuropsychologia 43:1429-43. 2005
  8. ncbi request reprint Reality monitoring and memory distortion: effects of negative, arousing content
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
    Mem Cognit 34:251-60. 2006
  9. ncbi request reprint Amygdala activity is associated with the successful encoding of item, but not source, information for positive and negative stimuli
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
    J Neurosci 26:2564-70. 2006
  10. doi request reprint Aging, self-referencing, and medial prefrontal cortex
    Angela H Gutchess
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Soc Neurosci 2:117-33. 2007

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Publications39

  1. ncbi request reprint Memory enhancement for emotional words: are emotional words more vividly remembered than neutral words?
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
    Mem Cognit 31:1169-80. 2003
    ..The results support a qualitative, as well as a quantitative, memory benefit for emotional, as compared with neutral, words...
  2. ncbi request reprint Memory for contextual details: effects of emotion and aging
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Psychol Aging 20:241-50. 2005
    ..The older adults, in contrast, did not overcome the attentional bias: They continued to show reduced memory for the peripheral elements of the emotional compared with the neutral scenes, even with the intentional encoding instructions...
  3. ncbi request reprint The effects of emotional content and aging on false memories
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
    Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 4:1-9. 2004
    ..Both age groups appeared capable of using the distinctiveness of the emotional lures to reduce, although not to eliminate, false recall and recognition...
  4. ncbi request reprint Effect of negative emotional content on working memory and long-term memory
    Elixabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Emotion 3:378-93. 2003
    ..These results suggest that although emotional content does not have a robust effect on working memory, in some instances emotional salience can impede working memory performance...
  5. pmc Two routes to emotional memory: distinct neural processes for valence and arousal
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 101:3310-5. 2004
    ..Enhancement for arousing words occurred automatically, even when encoding resources were diverted to the secondary task...
  6. ncbi request reprint Effects of Alzheimer disease on memory for verbal emotional information
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Building NE20 392, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Neuropsychologia 42:791-800. 2004
    ..Unlike the control groups, however, memory in AD patients did not benefit from the emotional narratives. We conclude that AD disrupts memory enhancement for at least some types of verbal emotional information...
  7. ncbi request reprint Emotional content and reality-monitoring ability: fMRI evidence for the influences of encoding processes
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 33 Kirkland Street, Room 884, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Neuropsychologia 43:1429-43. 2005
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  8. ncbi request reprint Reality monitoring and memory distortion: effects of negative, arousing content
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
    Mem Cognit 34:251-60. 2006
    ..Thus, negative arousal can enhance not only the subjective vividness of a memory, but also a memory's accuracy...
  9. ncbi request reprint Amygdala activity is associated with the successful encoding of item, but not source, information for positive and negative stimuli
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
    J Neurosci 26:2564-70. 2006
    ..e., activity in the hippocampus proper leading to later memory for context, and activity in the entorhinal cortex leading to later memory for an item but not its context) also hold for emotional information...
  10. doi request reprint Aging, self-referencing, and medial prefrontal cortex
    Angela H Gutchess
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Soc Neurosci 2:117-33. 2007
    ..Elderly (but not young) showed increased activity in the dorsal prefrontal cortex for positive relative to negative items, which could reflect an increase in controlled processing of positive information for elderly adults...
  11. pmc The neural correlates of conceptual and perceptual false recognition
    Rachel J Garoff-Eaton
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
    Learn Mem 14:684-92. 2007
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  12. ncbi request reprint Effects of normal aging and Alzheimer's disease on emotional memory
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Clinical Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge 02139, USA
    Emotion 2:118-34. 2002
    ..Older adults and AD patients showed no benefit from emotional context, whereas young adults remembered more items embedded in an emotional versus neutral context...
  13. ncbi request reprint Working memory in mild Alzheimer's disease and early Parkinson's disease
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Clinical Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge 02139, USA
    Neuropsychology 17:230-9. 2003
    ..Early PD disrupted inhibitory processes, whereas mild AD did not. The WM deficits seen in patients with AD may be secondary to deficits in other cognitive capacities, including semantic memory...
  14. ncbi request reprint Remembering emotional experiences: the contribution of valence and arousal
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Athinoula A Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Cambridge, MA, USA
    Rev Neurosci 15:241-51. 2004
    ..The amygdala likely plays a specific role in modulating memory for arousing experiences, whereas non-amygdalar networks may be instrumental in enhancing memory for non-arousing positive or negative events...
  15. ncbi request reprint What neural correlates underlie successful encoding and retrieval? A functional magnetic resonance imaging study using a divided attention paradigm
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
    J Neurosci 23:2407-15. 2003
    ..These findings may reflect left-sided specialization for recollective memories and right-sided specialization for familiarity-based traces...
  16. ncbi request reprint Role of the anterior temporal lobe in repetition and semantic priming: evidence from a patient with a category-specific deficit
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Clinical Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NE20 392, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Neuropsychologia 41:71-84. 2003
    ..This result suggests that category-specific deficits resulting from damage to the anterior temporal lobes may disrupt the automatic, rapid access of semantic information of some items...
  17. ncbi request reprint Neural processes underlying memory attribution on a reality-monitoring task
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Cereb Cortex 16:1126-33. 2006
    ..g. perceptual detail, information about cognitive operations) to determine whether an item was imagined or perceived...
  18. doi request reprint Sleep preferentially enhances memory for emotional components of scenes
    Jessica D Payne
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Psychol Sci 19:781-8. 2008
    ..Memory for a negative scene develops differentially across time delays containing sleep and wake, with sleep selectively consolidating those aspects of memory that are of greatest value to the organism...
  19. ncbi request reprint Memories of an emotional and a nonemotional event: effects of aging and delay interval
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Exp Aging Res 32:23-45. 2006
    ..Further, the age discrepancy (young adults remembering more than older adults) was less pronounced for the shuttle than for the Super Bowl. Thus, older adults' memories appear to benefit from the emotional salience of real-life events...
  20. ncbi request reprint Evidence for semantic learning in profound amnesia: an investigation with patient H.M
    Gail O'Kane
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Hippocampus 14:417-25. 2004
    ..quot; Although H.M.'s semantic learning was clearly impaired, the results provide robust, unambiguous evidence that some new semantic learning can be supported by structures beyond the hippocampus proper...
  21. ncbi request reprint Prefrontal activity and diagnostic monitoring of memory retrieval: FMRI of the criterial recollection task
    David A Gallo
    Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, IL 60637, USA
    J Cogn Neurosci 18:135-48. 2006
    ..These findings indicate that reducing false recognition via the distinctiveness heuristic is not heavily dependent on frontally mediated postretrieval monitoring processes...
  22. doi request reprint Effects of aging and encoding instructions on emotion-induced memory trade-offs
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Psychol Aging 22:781-95. 2007
    ..These results suggest that aging impairs the ability to flexibly disengage attention from the negative arousing elements of scenes, preventing the successful encoding of nonemotional aspects of the environment...
  23. doi request reprint Neural processes supporting young and older adults' emotional memories
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    J Cogn Neurosci 20:1161-73. 2008
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  24. ncbi request reprint Age differences in memory for arousing and nonarousing emotional words
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Massachusetts, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 63:P13-8. 2008
    ..These findings suggest that aging preserves responses to arousing information while altering the processing of nonarousing information...
  25. doi request reprint Effects of age on detection of emotional information
    Christina M Leclerc
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Psychol Aging 23:209-15. 2008
    ..Together, these findings suggest that older adults do not display valence-based effects on affective processing at relatively automatic stages...
  26. ncbi request reprint Emotional valence influences the neural correlates associated with remembering and knowing
    Katherine R Mickley
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467, USA
    Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 8:143-52. 2008
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  27. ncbi request reprint Age-related differences in medial prefrontal activation in response to emotional images
    Christina M Leclerc
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467, USA
    Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 8:153-64. 2008
    ..Therefore, the present results suggest that age-related changes in these processes implemented by the VMPFC contribute to older adults' "positivity effect."..
  28. ncbi request reprint Questioning the living/nonliving dichotomy: evidence from a patient with an unusual semantic dissociation
    Simona Siri
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Clinical Research Center CRC, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, MA, USA
    Neuropsychology 17:630-45. 2003
    ..J.P.'s unusual deficit supports the hypothesis that semantic knowledge is organized in the brain on the basis of object properties, which can cut across the living-nonliving categorical distinction...
  29. doi request reprint The effects of emotional content on reality-monitoring performance in young and older adults
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Boston College, Department of Psychology, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Psychol Aging 22:752-64. 2007
    ..e., an enhanced ability to remember that a positive item was studied), they do not always show enhanced memory for source-specifying details of a positive item's presentation...
  30. ncbi request reprint Ageing and the self-reference effect in memory
    Angela H Gutchess
    Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, MA, USA
    Memory 15:822-37. 2007
    ..Self-referencing improves older adults' memory, but its benefits are circumscribed despite the social and personally relevant nature of the task...
  31. ncbi request reprint How negative emotion enhances the visual specificity of a memory
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Boston College, USA
    J Cogn Neurosci 19:1872-87. 2007
    ..These data provide strong evidence that engagement of some amygdalar regions can correspond with enhanced memory for certain types of details, but does not ensure successful encoding of all contextual details...
  32. ncbi request reprint Effects of emotion on memory specificity in young and older adults
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    McGuinn Hall, Room 510, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 62:P208-15. 2007
    ..Negative (not positive) content enhanced the visual specificity of memory in both ages, but positive content conferred a general memory advantage only for older adults...
  33. ncbi request reprint Remembering the specific visual details of presented objects: neuroimaging evidence for effects of emotion
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
    Neuropsychologia 45:2951-62. 2007
    ..Rather, limbic engagement appears to relate specifically to the successful recognition of information...
  34. ncbi request reprint When the Red Sox shocked the Yankees: comparing negative and positive memories
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    McGuinn Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Psychon Bull Rev 13:757-63. 2006
    ..Moreover, it appears that, in comparison with negative valence, positive valence sometimes can be associated with decreased memory consistency and increased memory overconfidence...
  35. ncbi request reprint Processing emotional pictures and words: effects of valence and arousal
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 6:110-26. 2006
    ....
  36. ncbi request reprint False recognition of emotional word lists in aging and Alzheimer disease
    Andrew E Budson
    Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA 01730, USA
    Cogn Behav Neurol 19:71-8. 2006
    ..To examine 3 different aspects of the emotional memory effect in aging and Alzheimer disease (AD): item-specific recollection, gist memory, and recognition response bias...
  37. ncbi request reprint Puzzling thoughts for H. M.: can new semantic information be anchored to old semantic memories?
    Brian G Skotko
    Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
    Neuropsychology 18:756-69. 2004
    ..From the results, the authors concluded that H. M. can acquire new semantic knowledge, at least temporarily, when he can anchor it to mental representations established preoperatively...
  38. ncbi request reprint Retrieving accurate and distorted memories: neuroimaging evidence for effects of emotion
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, USA
    Neuroimage 27:167-77. 2005
    ..To our knowledge, this study is the first to demonstrate a link between limbic engagement at retrieval and accurate memory attribution...
  39. ncbi request reprint Semantic knowledge in patient H.M. and other patients with bilateral medial and lateral temporal lobe lesions
    Heike Schmolck
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, La Jolla 92093, USA
    Hippocampus 12:520-33. 2002
    ..Considering that H.M.'s lesion, both medially and laterally, is less extensive than the lesions in these other patients, it appears unlikely that his shortcomings in language production are related to his temporal lobe lesion...