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Learning, Memory & the Brain Series

March 21, 2014 — April 4, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM — 12:45 PM

Location:Discovery Centre – MacOdrum Library (4th floor) MacOdrum Library
Contact Phone:613-520-2600 ext 1931

A Four-Part Series on How the Brain Learns and Remembers – Dr. Matthew Holahan – Department of Neuroscience

Dates & Topics:

  • Friday, March 7 Different Memories, Different brain Regions
  • Friday, March 14 Brain Cells and the Basics of Memory Formation
  • Friday, March 21 What Does a Memory Look Like in the Brain?
  • Friday, April 4 How We Can Improve Memory

Times: noon- 12:45pm

Location: Multimedia Room – Discovery Centre – MacOdrum Library

The neural mechanisms that underlie the acquisition and retention of memories in the long-term are mysterious. For the past 70 years, Neuroscientists have been uncovering the processes by which memories are stored, retrieved and lost, yet much remains to be discovered. The ability to learn and recall or retrieve information at a later time (memory) is widely studied in various areas of neuroscience. Memory is a complex process that relies on interactions between many distinct parts of the brain. In order to fully understand memory at the neural level, researchers must cumulate evidence from human, animal, and other model systems in order to make in-roads into the basic mechanisms through which memory works. Humans are extremely dependent on memory for survival as we are dependent on our ability to identify and remember a wide range of material in order to learn and function. As such, the purpose of this series will be to present the basic way which memories are formed in the brain and how we can facilitate memory storage in an effort to succeed in academics and beyond.

Dr. Holahan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University and has been passionately studying the brain for 20 years. His research interests include brain development, memory, addiction and concussions. He has taught numerous lecture and seminar courses over the past 6 years on the complex functions of the brain, the ever-so popular topic of drugs and behavior and a highly relevant course on brain diseases as well as a number of presentations on concussions to the public. He is also deeply engaged in community outreach giving talks about the brain and brain injury to primary and secondary schools as well as a variety of groups in the Ottawa community.

You can follow prof. Holahan’s research on Twitter