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Caswell Barry

Dr Caswell Barry

Research Fellow


University College London

Research summary

Memory is a fundamental aspect of who we are. A failure to form new memories or retrieve existing ones is the principal feature of diseases such as dementia, which are increasingly common in our ageing population. Our understanding of these processes is currently incomplete. We do not know how the brain switches between the states that support the creation of new memories and those that support retrieval of existing ones. Learning about the shape of a new environment and the position of objects within it takes time but how is this process brought to a close when all the available information has been gleaned? I will study spatial memory in the hippocampus of rodents: a model system that is well understood, can be studied by powerful new experimental tools, such as single unit recordings and optogenetic manipulations, and which has provided important insights into human cognition. Using a combination of experimental and computational techniques I aim to build a neural-level understa nding of how information a

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Role of novelty and uncertainty in memory formation: neural mechanisms.

Scheme: Sir Henry Dale Fellowship

Dates: Aug 2013 - Aug 2018

Value: £962,438

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