Book a Scientist

Date(s) - 06/15/2022
10:00 - 11:30

Speed dating with science

If you don’t ask, you stay stupid – as Sesame Street already knew. “Book a Scientist” gives you the chance to talk to an expert from the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft for 25 minutes and ask everything you’ve always wanted to know about your favourite topic.

Melinda Sabo: What happens in the brain when we retrieve memories?  The role of two complementary mechanisms

Our capacity to hold and retrieve large amounts of information is probably one of the most impressive cognitive abilities we possess. Thanks to our long-term memory capacity, we are not only able to remember events happening recently, but also to recall events from the distant past. But how is our brain capable of storing and more importantly retrieving this information? In her research project, Melinda is interested in the processes facilitating long-term memory retrieval. More specifically, she investigates two complementary mechanisms: pattern reinstatement and attentional control. The former one describes a process through which brain activity patterns present during the initial event, re-occur during information retrieval, thereby aiding the recall of information. The latter one describes the way attention filters different pieces of information, prioritizing those directly of interest for the ongoing behavior and inhibiting the irrelevant details.

Registration for the talk is possible from 18 May here: