The Department of Psychology is delighted to announce the next talk of the Mind Meeting Seminar Series.

On Thursday August 22nd, Dr Mariam Aly (Columbia University) will speak about “How hippocampal memory shapes, and is shaped by, attention”.

When: Thursday 22nd August, 15.30. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception.

Where: Charlotte Bühler room, MPI for Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig

You are very welcome to attend!


Abstract: How hippocampal memory shapes, and is shaped by, attention

Attention modulates what we see and what we remember; memory affects what we attend to and perceive. Despite this connection in behavior, little is known about the mechanisms that link attention and memory in the brain. One key structure that may be at the interface between attention and memory is the hippocampus. Here, I’ll explore the hypothesis that the relational representations of the hippocampus allow it to critically contribute to bidirectional interactions between attention and memory. First, I’ll show — in a series of human fMRI studies — that attention creates state-dependent patterns of activity in the hippocampus, and that these representations predict both online attentional behavior and memory formation. Then, I’ll provide neuropsychological evidence that the hippocampus is necessary for attention in tasks that recruit relational representations, particularly those that involve spatial processing. Finally, I’ll demonstrate that hippocampal memories enable preparation for upcoming attentional states. Together, this line of work highlights the tight links between attention and memory – links that are established, at least in part, by the hippocampus. 


Upcoming Mind Meeting talks:

12 September | Kenneth Norman, Princeton University
17 October | Nicholas Turk-Browne, Yale University
14 November | Jan Born, University of Tübingen