Bradley Voytek

About Bradley Voytek

Bradley Voytek is an Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at UC San Diego. His work focuses on the role of the prefrontal cortex in cognition and network communication. To study this he uses big data, lesion research, human intracranial electrophysiology and EEG, brain-computer interfacing, and whatever other tools he can get his hands on. He also co-created the meta-analytic tool and PubMed hypothesis generation site brainSCANr with his wife Jessica Bolger Voytek.

Brad is an avid science teacher and outreach advocate. And the world’s zombie brain expert (totally serious). He runs the blog Oscillatory Thoughts and tweets at @bradleyvoytek. When he’s not sciencing he’s either playing with his son, working on a random new project with his wife, gaming (board and video), or having a few beers with his friends.

How can we enhance working memory?

Even a seemingly simple behavior–like trying to remember if the name of the person you just met is “Elizabeth” or “Patricia”–can tax our memories. These short-term memory drains are part of what we neuroscientists call “working memory”.
When you think about it, it’s quite a remarkable neural feat that we can do this at all! Somehow our brains are able to take in information (like the sound waves that hit our ears in just the right way to make us perceive the sound that is the name “Patricia”), hold that information in some neural pattern/buffer/code, and then retrieve that information at will (if we’re lucky).
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