Cognitive Neuroscience Talk
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Monday, October 21, 2013
at 4:00 PM
Regents Hall, 150
Taylor Dovala


Many decades of research on memory and the brain have identified a critical role of the hippocampus in memory. A large literature, inspired by empirical studies in rodents and providing the inspiration for computational models, has focused on spatial memory and cognitive mapping. In a different literature, much neuropsychological and neuroimaging research has placed special emphasis on the role of the hippocampus in recognition memory and recollection. The current talk uses converging lines of cognitive neuroscience evidence to show the long reach of the hippocampus, pointing to its crucial role in critical aspects of memory and everyday life. The role of the hippocampus extends beyond any specific informational domain, and beyond recognition memory tasks and recollection processes, supporting relational memory regardless of whether there are long, short, or even no experimenter-imposed delays that need to be bridged. The contributions of the hippocampus also extend to real-time processing and to volitional control of exploration of the environment in active learning.

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