Distributed Cognition & Memory Group

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Working Memory - Psychology - Cognitive Neuroscience

I specialize in the study of the neural correlates of working memory. I use imaging methods and multivariate pattern analysis techniques to identify brain regions which store contents held in memory, study the representational architectue of these brain regions and ask how memory storage is elicted and maintained in these areas. I am a proponent of a distributed view of working memory storage. You can find our recent review on 'The Distributed Nature of Working Memory' here.

I am currently working at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and the Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging in the LAB of John-Dylan Haynes. I will start a new research group as part of the Emmy Noether programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in January 2021 at the Department of Psychology of the Humboldt University in Berlin.

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Cortical Regions carrying information about contents held in working memory

Overview of content-specific activity during working memory delays in the macaque (left) and the human brain (right). Icons indicate persistent stimulus-selective activity for each stimulus type indicated by the icon (see legend) at the respective locations. Brain areas are identified by abbreviations (abbreviations and a full list of individual studies is reported here). Both, left- and right-sided effects are shown on the left hemisphere. Data from delay-periods during which subjects can prepare a specific motor output instead of memorizing a stimulus (e.g. delayed response tasks) and tasks that involve any form of explicit mental transformation or explicitly learned association are excluded.

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P.S.: Martin Hebart is the genius behind this work of art created to suggest the group acronym ACOrDiWorMS ('Adaptive Cortical Organization for Distributed Working Memory Storage'). David Wisniewski made me put it here.