Michael Hasselmo

Professor, Director CSN; Memory-Guided Behavior

Michael Hasselmo
  • Title Professor, Director CSN; Memory-Guided Behavior
  • Phone 617-353-1397
  • Education D.Phil, Oxford University, England, 1984-1988

Research in my laboratory concerns the cortical dynamics of memory-guided behavior, including effects of neuromodulatory receptors and the role of theta rhythm oscillations in cortical function. Neurophysiological techniques are used to analyze intrinsic and synaptic properties of cortical circuits in the rat, and to explore the effects of modulators on these properties. Computational modeling is used to link this physiological data to memory-guided behavior. Experiments using multiple single-unit recording in behavioral tasks are designed to test predictions of the computational models. Areas of focused research include episodic memory function and theta rhythm dynamics in the entorhinal cortex, prefrontal cortex and hippocampal formation. Research addresses physiological effects relevant to Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and depression.

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