Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jack Mellor

18 April 2018, 6.00 PM - 18 April 2018, 7.00 PM

School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock's Close, Bristol, BS8 1TS

Speaker: Professor Jack Mellor
Title: How the brain adapts behaviour: the synaptic mechanisms of memory
Date: 18th April 2018
Time 18:00 (followed by drinks reception)
VenueSchool of Chemistry

Our memories are fundamental to who we are as individuals, capturing our most important moments. They also enable us to adapt our behaviour by learning from past experiences. This helps us to predict future events and make decisions based on these expectations. But memories can also be fickle and unreliable - we do not possess photographic memories and instead rely on a system that prioritises important information and facilitates memory updates.

Several decades of research have revealed some of the fundamental mechanisms that encode memories in the brain. Principle amongst these is adaptation of synaptic strength which controls neuronal communication and shapes network activity. Recent insights from theoretical and experimental neuroscience also suggest that these mechanisms explain many aspects of memory such as its selectivity and adaptability.


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