A live google hangout to answer your questions about memory and the brain.

I got a message from science writer Bruce Lieberman announcing that he will be hosting a live webcast on Thursday April 11, 11:30AM with Bradford Dickerson, Associate Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School and Mayank Mehta, Professor of Neurophysics at the Brain Research Institute at the University of California. This looks like a good occasion for those of you who want to learn about how memory works and ask questions to renowned experts in the field!

Representation of the different types of memory

Illustration of the different types of memory processes studied in neuropsychology.

Illustration from Bernhard Wenzl, released under the Creative Commons license.

Here are the details of the webcast.

April 11, 11:30 – Noon pm PDT
Live Google Hangout: “Memory and the Brain” – Ask Your Questions of Drs. Bradford Dickerson and Mayank Mehta (Hosted by The Kavli Foundation)

Neuroscientists have discovered memories aren’t formed and permanently lodged in just one location in the brain, but rely on an extensive network of memory highways that reaches several regions. They’ve also found that we remember where we were during major events in our lives because the imprinting of place in our minds plays a fundamental role in remembering events. These are significant findings that will develop thinking about brain and memory, as well as how science may consider ways to enhance learning, aid memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, or guard against memory loss from aging.

On April 11, 11:30am-Noon, PDT, we ask your questions about memory and the brain of two leading researchers in the field: Drs. Bradford Dickerson and Mayank Mehta.

Bradford Dickerson – Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Director of the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit and Dickerson Neuroimaging Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Studying brain structure and function, Dickerson’s lab uses magnetic resonance imaging to try to understand the roles of various brain regions in normal human memory, and to investigate the locations and degrees to which brain regions are affected by disease, as well as how these changes relate to clinical symptoms and difficulties with the performance of cognitive tasks.

Mayank Mehta –Professor of Neurophysics at the Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Mehta’s research has focused on computational and experimental investigations of learning and memory, seeking to understand how the brain learns and remembers how to navigate unfamiliar environments — research aimed at paving the way to better understanding mechanisms of learning and memory in neural networks.

Ask your questions: Questions can be submitted before or during the webcast. Email questions to info@kavlifoundation.org or send a message on Twitter with the hashtag #KavliNeuro.
Hangout address: This hangout will be available at: http://www.kavlifoundation.org/science-spotlights/spotlight-live-uncovering-more-complex-path-memory

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