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Research in our Brain Imaging and Memory lab focuses on thinking abilities mediated by critical parts of the brain in the medial-temporal lobes, primarily the hippocampus and amygdala, and their application to understanding cognitive impairment accompanying clinical conditions like schizophrenia, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others. Core cognitive abilities of interest include memory, meta-memory, and spatial cognition. These aspects of cognition are important for successful functioning in everyday life, such as understanding and remembering the location of a classroom relative to other locations (e.g., to plan the most efficient route to meet a friend, grab a coffee, and get to a next class). Central themes in our research are that memory, emotion, and spatial cognition are not unitary constructs and brain regions like the hippocampus are neither homogenous nor isolated structures.

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