Learning and Memory

Section of mouse brain with fluorescent green stain. Image taken in Dr. Karen Zito's lab.

Neuroscientists are making rapid progress in understanding the mechanisms by which people learn and remember, by studying how experience modifies brain circuits, and by understanding the organization of large-scale brain networks that support the ability to recollect past events. 

Questions we are exploring include:

  • Why do we remember some events and forget others?
  • How do we keep information in mind without getting distracted?
  • What are the brain changes that put someone at risk for Alzheimer's Disease?
  • How can we develop better approaches to education based on our understanding of the brain?
  • How can we diagnose and treat people who have memory problems?
  • How is memory and brain function affected by stress or trauma?
  • How does memory change over the course of development from childhood to old age?

Faculty studying learning and memory