"Diffusion imaging of the aging brain: How integrity relates to episodic memory dysfunction"
 
Dr. Ilana J. Bennett (Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside)
 
Monday, April 23, 5:00 PM; Burns Lecture Hall (RM B31); Keck Science Center
 
Abstract: Why are some people able to remember better than others? What makes a 20 year old have better memory than a 70 year old? And even within the same age group, why do some adults have better memory than their peers? In this talk, I will present a series of studies in which I examined whether these individual- and age-related differences in memory can be attributed to differences in the integrity of the hippocampal memory network. I focus on a fundamental component of memory that enables us to encode a given event as distinct from even highly similar events. This type of mnemonic discrimination enables us to remember where we parked our car today versus yesterday. Consistent with cortical disconnection models, results reveal that mnemonic discrimination is related to the integrity of tracts that provide input to (e.g., perforant path) and emanate from (e.g., fornix) the hippocampus.
 
Burns Lecture Hall is located in the basement of the W.M. Keck Science Center, which is located on the corner of N. Mills Ave. and 9th St.  Burns Lecture Hall is wheel chair accessible.
 
FMI:
Thomas B. Borowski, Ph.D
Director, Neurosciences
Pitzer College IRB Chair
Email: thomas_borowski@pitzer.edu
Phone: 909-607-3808