Psychology – Eichenbaum
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit
The research program in the Laboratory of Cognitive Neurobiology is focused on projects that seek to understand the brain circuitry that supports learning and memory. This research is guided by the hypothesis that our ability to remember specific experiences relies on an organization of memories about objects and events in the context in which they occurred. We believe that associations between objects and context are accomplished through the circuitry of the medial temporal lobe. Parallel pathways within the brain represent information about objects, context, and time, and these streams of information converge within the hippocampus.
We’re looking for students interested in contributing to this cutting edge research. Current projects include the characterization of how neurons in the medial temporal lobe encode different types of information and how they interact with one another; the exploration of how the prefrontal cortex controls the retrieval of memories as they bear on ongoing cognitive processes; and the exploration of how hippocampal networks represent information in the spatial and temporal context in which they occur. Together, these projects will provide new insights into how memories are organized within the medial temporal lobe memory system and how memories are retrieved when we recall our daily experiences
Students will have the opportunity to construct microdrives that will be surgically implanted in rats to record neural signals, assist with surgeries, handle and train animals, assist in electrophysiological recordings in behaving animals, assist in dynamic data analysis, and work with techniques such as optogenetics, microscopy (basic, confocal, fluorescent), and 3D visualization of optically transparent partial and whole brains.
Ideal applicants will have an interest in studying learning and memory, have some research experience, and be willing to continue work in the spring semester.
More information about the lab is available at www.bu.edu/cogneuro