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Lluís Fuentemilla. Enduring memories: neural mechanisms of how new experiences become long-lasting
 
Date: Nov 20, 2014

What: Enduring memories: neural mechanisms of how new experiences become long-lasting

Where: BCBL auditorium

Who: Lluís Fuentemilla, PhD. Cognition and Brain Plasticity Unit. Faculty of Psychology, University of Barcelona, Institute of Biomedical Research of Bellvitge (IDIBELL), Barcelona, Spain.

When: 12 noon


Although our ability to transform the encounter of a single event episode into a permanent memory trace stands out as one of the most necessary of mental processes, the underlying brain mechanisms still remain poorly understood. In the first part of my talk I will show that one neural mechanism by which memories become durable is via neural reactivation during night sleep. Based on data from healthy population and neurological patients I will show specific brain correlates of how targeted memory reactivation during sleep is implemented in the brain. In the second part of my talk, I will focus on recent data revealing how the brain is capable of rapidly transforming the experience of an event episode into a durable memory during encoding, but also the costs that such an effective memory formation process exerts on the resulting memory trace.