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From years of experiments and surgical experience, we now know that the main location for this transfer is a portion of the temporal lobe called the hippocampus . The preceding section described neuroimaging techniques used to examine brain responses to emotional stimuli during WM processing leading to LTM. Confusion can be beneficial for learning. Moreover, a study using the RSVP paradigm compared healthy subjects with a group of patients with bilateral amygdala damage. It energises random activity. Neurosci. In this article, we will try to understand human memory and its types, the ways it can be stored in the brain, factors that can trigger memory storage, reasons why a person forgets certain events, and many more. Proc. For instance, one study reported that cognitive task appeared to require active retention in WM, noting that the process was influenced by emotional stimuli when subjects were instructed to remember emotional valence information over a delay period (Perlstein et al., 2002). In addition, a “drive” is an inherent action program that is responsible for the satisfaction of basic and instinctual (biologically pre-set) physiological needs, e.g., hunger, thirst, libido, exploration, play, and attachment to mates (Panksepp, 1998); this is sometimes called “homeostatic drive.” In brief, a crucial characteristic shared by emotion, mood, feeling, affect and drive is their intrinsic valence, which lies on the spectrum of positive and negative valence (pleasure-displeasure/goodness-badness). 20:RC99. Ashby, F. G., and Isen, A. M. (1999). 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