Forever Young: The Story of Patient H.M.
Did You Know? / Learning and Memory

Forever Young: The Story of Patient H.M.

“Do you know what you did yesterday?” asks the doctor. “No, I don’t,” responds the patient. “How about this morning?” “I don’t even remember that.” “Could you tell me what you had for lunch today?” “I don’t know, to tell you the truth.” “What do you think you’ll do tomorrow?” asks the doctor. “Whatever is … Continue reading

The Departure of Skill Memories from Motor Cortex: Deeper Directions for Neuroscience
Learning and Memory / Movement / Neuro News

The Departure of Skill Memories from Motor Cortex: Deeper Directions for Neuroscience

You probably have certain skills that I don’t.  Each of us, having spent enough time practicing something new, can become an expert.  A simple, ubiquitous example is driving a car with a manual transmission.  The precise sequence and timing of controlling the clutch, giving gas, and shifting the gears are challenging to coordinate when initially … Continue reading

Blondes or Brunettes: It’s All About Conditioning
Did You Know? / Learning and Memory

Blondes or Brunettes: It’s All About Conditioning

Like it or not, we all have preferences in choosing romantic partners.  Piercings, freckles, hair color, eye color, body physique – through adolescence and into adulthood, we begin to develop sexual preferences to help guide our choice in whom to talk to, whom to date, and whom to marry.  While it’s tempting to attribute these … Continue reading

Intracranial EEG and Mental Time Travel
Learning and Memory / Neuro News / Neuroscience Technologies

Intracranial EEG and Mental Time Travel

A familiar progression of chords blares out of your speakers as the red lights of the surrounding traffic fade into the memory of a dark stage illuminated by pulsing neon lights.  You replace your current discomfort (horrendous traffic!) with the memory of the last concert you attended – reliving the percussive sensory experience and feeling the … Continue reading

Keeping Memories Fresh by Keeping Glutamate In Check
Aging / Learning and Memory / Neuro News

Keeping Memories Fresh by Keeping Glutamate In Check

We are another year older, perhaps a little wiser, and probably more forgetful.  Indeed, making memories is quite a process in the brain: specific synaptic connections are strengthened and new proteins are synthesized.  But as we age, the synapses that make up our memories, such as those in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, start to … Continue reading