How is information coded in neural activity?

Memory, the ability to store, retain and recall information, is central to what it means to be a person. The brain is organized into discrete, but related, neural systems within which co-operative and competitive interactions are constantly underway, producing what we experience as memory.

CCBN scientists are at the forefront of developing methods to study the large-scale interactions of neurons in the intact brain during the encoding, storage, recall and consolidation of memory. Current experiments examining what happens when systems break down provide a greater understanding of memory disorders or how memory is affected following a traumatic brain injury. Using both living subjects and computer models, our researchers also investigate how neuronal activity changes with the sleep cycle and the subsequent correlation with memory consolidation and removal.