Brain regions essential for storing and retrieving names associated with faces have been identified by US scientists.

Their findings suggest that one sub-region in the hippocampus, the cornu ammonis 3, is responsible for associating names with faces and another, the subiculum, for recalling names when prompted by a face.

Susan Bookheimer and colleagues at the University of California Los Angeles used functional magnetic resonance imaging to record brain activity of volunteers who learned and later tried to recall names associated with faces.

They then used a new technique to unfold the fMRI images into flat maps that showed which parts of the hippocampus were involved in face-name association.
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