Connecting Hippocampal Activity to Memory Processing

Students: Brandon Hauer

Type of project: Basic, Translational, Mind and Body

Grant Type: Undergraduate

Year of Award: 2015

Supervisor: Dr. Dickson

Institutions Affiliated: University of Alberta

Description: There is considerable evidence that sleep impacts memory consolidation for a number of skills and the retention of knowledge. There has been interest in using electrical stimulation on the head as a way to influence this consolidation process, despite an adequate understanding of how this impacts brain processes. This project seeks to address this concern by “testing” this intervention strategy in rats, as this will not only translate into a better understanding of transcranial stimulation, but illuminate how the brain consolidates memories under normal conditions, which go awry in  disorders such as Alzheimer’s and depression.