Affiliates: FIU | CN | CCF


The Memory and Development (MaD) Lab investigates how the brain supports learning and memory and how development and neurodevelopmental disorders change these basic cognitive processes. We use behavioral and multimodal imaging techniques to explore how the brain supports learning and memory.

Guiding Questions:

1) How does the brain support different forms of learning and memory?

Memory is the product of a richly interacting network of brain regions. The extent to which these networks operate in concert, and the nature of their interactions, are not well understood. In the MaD Lab, we use multimodal imaging methodologies to investigate both the distinct mechanisms and the interactions of different learning and memory systems.

2) How does learning and memory change with development and neurodevelopmental diseases such as ADHD?

Learning and memory are dependent on the interaction among many different regions of the brain. However, different parts of the brain mature at different rates. The interaction between different brain regions likely varies substantially across age and psychopathology, reflecting underlying developmental and pathological differences of key learning and memory processes. In the MaD Lab, we study how the interactions between brain regions are distinct during adolescence and in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

3) How can our knowledge about the neurobiology of learning and memory help us develop more efficient teaching practices, as well as better diagnoses and treatments of developmental disorders?

How we learn information can have profound impacts on our ability to remember. For example, testing is often thought to measure what we know but in fact it can be a powerful learning opportunity. In the MaD Lab, we study the neurobiological mechanisms related to phenomena like the “Testing Effect” and how these new insights may aid in STEM learning.