2010 IoN News Archive
- Professor Alan Thompson elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
- Michael J. Fox Foundation awards IoN researcher grant to advance Parkinson's research.
- Traces of the past: computer algorithm ‘reads’ memories
- Professor Lees awarded first Lord Brain Memorial Lecture
- Award for Professor Chris Frith
- Professor John Duncan appointed as NIHR Senior Investigator
- Queen Square Symposium success
- IoN brings the scientific method to London primary schools
- Robot trainer to benefit stroke patients
- Researchers to study how the brain 'rewires itself'
- St Peter's Medal for Professor Clare Fowler
- Elections to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowships announced
- New website to help stroke survivors learn to read again
- Queen's Birthday Honours
- Brain study reveals that agreement is rewarding
- Wellcome Success
- Win for IoN at Shape of Science Symposium
- Research shows that two heads are better than one
- Lizard venom offers hope for Parkinson’s disease patients
- Epilepsy prizes
- Developing a cell library resource for dementia research
- Stents may double the risk of stroke in patients over 70
- Scientists identify link between introspection and brain structure
- IoN scientist lands £329k funding boost from dementia research charity.
- Study results consistent with earlier estimates of vCJD prion prevalence in Britain
- Parkinson's UK Fellowship Award
- Award for Professor Lees
- 2010-11 IoN PhD Studentship Round Now Open
- New brain imaging tests to track Huntington’s
- World-leading scientist secures funding for gene research
- Fighter pilots' brains are ‘more sensitive
- Alzheimer’s changes detectable in healthy elderly
- IoN Student wins Santander Formula One Scholarship
- New hope for cluster headache sufferers
- Prestigious European research grant awarded
- New centre brings hope to patients with muscle wasting diseases
- Prestigious stroke program grant awarded
- A role for astrocytes in learning and memory?
Traces of the past: computer algorithm ‘reads’ memories
14 March 2010
Computer programs can predict which of three short films a person is thinking about, just by looking at their brain activity.
The research, conducted by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL, provides further insight into how our memories are recorded, and is published today in the journal Current Biology.
Professor Eleanor Maguire led this Wellcome Trust-funded study, an extension of work published last year which showed how spatial memories – in that case, where a volunteer was standing in a virtual reality room – are recorded in regular patterns of activity in the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for learning and memory.
“In our previous experiment, we were looking at basic memories, at someone’s location in an environment,” said Professor Maguire. “What is more interesting is to look at ‘episodic’ memories – the complex, everyday memories that include much more information on where we are, what we are doing and how we feel.”
Although a whole network of brain areas support memory, the researchers focused their study on the medial temporal lobe, an area deep within the brain believed to be most heavily involved in episodic memory. It includes the hippocampus – an area which Professor Maguire and colleagues have studied extensively in the past.
“Now that we are developing a clearer picture of how our memories are stored, we hope to examine how they are affected by time, the ageing process and by brain injury,” said Professor Maguire.
Read more >> UCL News | BBC News Online | Guardian |
Reference >> Current Biology, 11 March 2010 | 10.1016/j.cub.2010.01.053
Decoding Individual Episodic Memory Traces in the Human Hippocampus
Martin J. Chadwick, Demis Hassabis, Nikolaus Weiskopf, Eleanor A. Maguire
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