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Dopaminergic modulation of episodic memory in young and older adults

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Abstract: While studies in rodents suggest that dopamine is necessary for enabling the molecular consolidation of hippocampal plasticity, very little is known about the role of dopamine for hippocampus-dependent memory in humans. On the basis of functional imaging studies and pharmacological experiments, I will discuss which role dopamine may play for human episodic memory in young and older adults. Furthermore, I will discuss motivational aspects of episodic memory from the vantage point of novelty processing in dopaminergic circuitry.

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