Memory makes much of what we are. It constitutes our personal history, structures how we understand the world, and to a large extent determines our choices.
The site of our memory is the activity of neural networks in our brains. This activity is only in small part driven by external stimuli. Most of it is internally generated, shaped by memory, and constantly reprocessing memory.
The Memory Dynamics lab is a collaboration aimed at the study of memory function in animal and human subjects, at all stages of their lifetime, from acquisition to consolidation to retrieval to forgetting. This motivates us to study brain activity in large neural networks, with an emphasis on the interactions between the hippocampus and the cerebral cortex, which is key to memory reprocessing and transformation. Spontaneous activity for example during sleep and "idle" moments is key to this.
We are a slightly unusual "two-PIs lab". This allows us to combine expertise in theoretical neuroscience, data analysis and neurotechnologies (Francesco Battaglia), as well as behavior, neuroimaging and electrophysiology (Lisa Genzel). We strive to be a flat-hierarchy platform for creative, collaborative research work, open to outside collaborations and inputs. We aim at using, improving and sharing open tools for research, so that our work is repeatable and as many people as possible may benefit from it.
We are a part of the Donders Institute in Nijmegen, which shares much of the same ethos.
Donders Centre for Brain Cognition and Behavior
6525AJ Nijmegen – The Netherlands