One of our main focuses is the development of tasks that enable us to track memories over time and changing situations, while being compatible with electrophysiological and optical investigation of neural circuits. A first result of our collaboration is the Object-Space task (Genzel et al. bioaRxiv), for rats and mice, which addresses the accumulation of evidence across multiple, non-identical episodes. The task is currently in use in many preparations in our lab.
New information is rarely learned in isolation, instead most of what we experience can be incorporated into previous knowledge networks. To tackle these questions we developed a new behavioural task (The Hex Maze) in which we can investigate the role of previous knowledge on new memory acquisition and consolidation across different time-points in training.