Lectures: 1 session / week, 3 hours / session
Other than that which is genetically coded, everything we know is derived from and reflects memory for our past experiences. Memory is intimately involved in most, if not all, levels of human cognition, from the ability to temporarily remember a phone number or where you placed your keys to the acquisition of language and the ability to reason. This lecture and seminar course will consider recent efforts to understand the cognitive and neural architectures of memory through application of functional neuroimaging methods (primarily fMRI and PET). Lectures will survey the literature on the cognitive neuroscience of memory. Subsequent group discussion will consider the neuroimaging literature within the context of cognitive theories of memory and functional neuroanatomic hypotheses. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Classes will consist of a survey lectures followed by student presentation/group discussion of assigned readings. Lectures will consider the cognitive and neuroscientific literatures on the organization of memory, and on the application of neuroimaging to the study of memory. Discussion and student presentations will focus on the implications of recent neuroimaging investigations.
H. Eichenbaum, and N.J. Cohen. From Conditioning to Conscious Recollection. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.