Category: Howard Eichenbaum

Meet the Two Scientists Who Implanted a False Memory Into a Mouse

October 16th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard Eichenbaum, Newsmakers, Smithsonian 0 comments

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It was the day before Christmas, and the normally busy MIT laboratory on Vassar Street in Cambridge was quiet. But creatures were definitely stirring, including a mouse that would soon be world famous…

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“It’s a fantastic feat. It’s a real breakthrough that shows the power of these techniques to address fundamental questions about how the brain works.”

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From Proust To PB&J: Why School Lunch Makes Us Feel Nostalgic

September 8th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard Eichenbaum, Huffington Post, Newsmakers 0 comments

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We have all been Marcel Proust. While munching on a madeleine cake dipped in tea, the French novelist famously recalled the experience of eating a similar snack as a child…

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“The olfactory and taste systems have a rather immediate access to a key brain structure called the hippocampus, which is critical for memories. The olfactory stimuli reproduces the context for which a lot of vivid, emotional detail are constructed in a memory — and can revoke them rather strongly.”

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Scientists Turn Bad Memories Into Good Inside the Brains of Mice

August 27th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard Eichenbaum, Newsmakers, Wired 0 comments

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Remember that horrible date you went on a few years ago? The one where you knocked over a candle and doused the flaming tablecloth (and your date) with a bottle of Bordeaux? Horrible! But now the two of you are happily married and the whole thing seems… kind of sweet. Time has a way of shifting the emotions tied to our memories…

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“It’s amazing that with this combination of molecular techniques you can label the exact neurons involved in encoding a memory and then reactivate them with light.”

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Memories Shift Towards Big Picture

July 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard Eichenbaum, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Perhaps as a child you often visited your grandmother’s house. If friends asked what you had done with your grandmother over the weekend, you might say one time that you had played Scrabble, and the next time that you had baked cookies. Years later, though, you would probably see it differently: Instead of recalling individual visits, you would remember the big picture — that she liked butterscotch and enjoyed playing word games…

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“This study provides the first strong evidence that the prefrontal cortex plays a direct role in memory consolidation through conflict resolution.”

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Brain Cells ‘Geotag’ Memories To Cache What Happened — And Where

December 2nd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard Eichenbaum, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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Manipulating Mouse Memory

July 25th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard Eichenbaum, Newsmakers, The Scientist 0 comments

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Eyewitness testimony has long been an important part of most judicial systems around the world…

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“[This] is a very striking investigation that provides clues about the neurobiological mechanisms that may underlie how we acquire false memories.”

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What a Missing Section of One Man’s Brain Taught Science About Memory

February 25th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard Eichenbaum, Newsmakers, PBS NewsHour, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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I recall being equally parts shocked and fascinated the first time I learned about the man known as H.M. in my graduate school neuroscience class…

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“So if you put together the spatial-coding properties — the ability to identify where in space things occur and the ability to remember where in time things occur — one gets this sort of spatio-temporal scaffolding onto which memories are placed. We believe that gives rise to this interesting capacity we call declarative memory, the ability to pull together the various elements of memory to compose the elaborateness of memories as we experience them.”

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The mystery of memory

February 18th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard Eichenbaum, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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In 1953, at the age of 27, the man who later became known to scientists as “HM” lost his memory…

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Old Memories Excavated

March 26th, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard Eichenbaum, Newsmakers, The Scientist 0 comments

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Two new studies in mice show how to activate memories, and demonstrate that reliving a memory may impede new memory formation…

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Researchers Reawaken Old Memories in Mice

March 22nd, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard Eichenbaum, Newsmakers, Science Now 0 comments

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Call it Total Recall for mice. In two new studies, researchers have found a way to stimulate the brains of rodents to activate a specific memory trace…

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