Welcome to undergraduate summer intern Jordyn Eisenberg! Jordyn joins us from NYU, where she is studying Neural Science and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She will develop a paradigm to understand and improve memory outcomes in children with epilepsy.
Welcome to MD/PhD student Ryan Lu! During his entirely-too-short rotation in the lab, Ryan will unearth hippocampal signatures of memory from direct brain recordings in pediatric neurosurgical patients. He holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins.
We examined individuals with focal brain damage to understand how the brain represents time – a notoriously elusive construct. Individuals with orbitofrontal cortex damage were specifically impaired in memory for temporal order. This region is commonly injured in head trauma, and our finding holds implications for understanding not only time, but also behavioral changes in those who have sustained head injuries. Paper published in Current Biology.
Congratulations to undergraduate honors student Lindsay Shi, who was awarded summer research funding!
Welcome to undergraduate honors student Lindsay Shi! Lindsay is studying Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Data Science. She will take a deep dive into EEG-derived brain networks in working memory.
We used direct brain recordings in pediatric neurosurgical patients to understand how key memory regions interact during memory formation – a long-standing question in human neuroscience. Results reveal slow and fast theta oscillations, which separate across development and support distinct functional connections. Strengthened functional and structural connections differentiated top-performing adolescents from lower-performing adolescents and children. Findings suggest that the development of memory is rooted in the development of the brain’s ability to multitask. Paper published in Current Biology.
We used noninvasive neurostimulation to understand and improve working memory in aging – a primary goal of translational neuroscience. Findings illuminate theta networks and theta-gamma coupling as distinct but complementary mechanisms supporting this vital cognitive process. Both mechanisms are amenable to intervention, the effectiveness of which can be predicted by individual demographic factors. Paper published in NeuroImage.
Welcome to our founding lab manager, research assistant, and jack-of-all-trades, Samantha Gray! Sam joins us from sunny San Diego, CA, with a BS in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience from UCSD.