Casper Kerrén - Exploring the Temporal Aspects of Episodic Memory Encoding and Retrieval
Casper Kerrén, Postdoctoral Fellow
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Exploring the Temporal Aspects of Episodic Memory Encoding and Retrieval
The human episodic memory system allows for the retrieval and re-experiencing of past events, functioning as a type of mental time travel. Episodic memories are composed of contextual, semantic, and perceptual features, such as information about the individuals, objects, and setting of an event, as well as the temporal sequence in which it occurred, suggesting that these memories are not single, unified representations, but rather consist of multiple components. Over the course of a lifetime, memories accumulate within an episodic store, leading to the storage of numerous similar and overlapping events. Both the hippocampus and the surrounding cortex, with a particular emphasis on the role of hippocampal theta oscillations, are implicated in the processing of episodic memories. Our research was primarily focused on examining the temporal aspects of how the brain encodes and retrieves various types of information within episodic memory.
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