Stress affects recent memories by acting as a mnemonic filter
How do stressful experiences influence memories for recent events? Using fMRI, we showed that stress selectively protects memories that had been "tagged" by hippocampal and amygdala activity during learning, acting as a mnemonic filter.
New paper on post-encoding stress
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MTL parcellation paper in press
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A new model for understanding what makes emotional memories stick
Why do emotional memories stick with us for so long? We argue that emotional memories include item-emotion bindings supported by the amygdala that last longer than item-context bindings supported by the hippocampus.
Multi-voxel evidence for context memory over time
What happens to memories & their neural substrates over time? By studying multi-voxel patterns in the hippocampus, we showed that, as long as the memories retain context information, the hippocampus is still involved in their representation.
Identifying memory systems in action & at rest
How can we best understand the neural organization of memory? By using a combination of resting-state functional connectivity and task fMRI techniques, we showed that there are two memory networks that affiliate during rest and play similar roles in memory encoding.