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Jones Seminar: Memory, Cognition, and the Role of Sleep



3:30pm - 4:30pm ET

Spanos Auditorium/Online

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Meeting ID: 926 8830 9877
Passcode: 411891

Using microelectrode array recording of neuronal ensembles in the hippocampus and neocortex of freely behaving rodents we have been able to study the formation and processing of spatial memory during active behavior, quiet wakefulness, and sleep. In this talk I will discuss the role of brain rhythms in the encoding and reactivation of spatial memory sequences and consider general computational principles of hippocampal involvement in cognition, learning, memory, and dreams.

About the Speaker(s)

Matthew Wilson
Sherman Fairchild Professor of Neurobiology, MIT

Matthew Wilson

Professor Wilson received his BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his MS in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his PhD in computation and neural systems from the California Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty at MIT in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1994 where he studies the role of sleep in learning and memory, and brain systems that contribute to spatial navigation, and decision-making, and their possible involvement in neurological diseases and disorders through the use of microelectrode arrays implanted in the brains of freely-behaving rodents. He is currently associate director of The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT, and associate director of the Center for Brains Minds and Machines.


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