Learning and memory are part of the very foundation of our lives. We tend to think of memory as involving only our past, but in fact, it is memory that allows us to use past experience to think, reason and plan for the future - without memory the continuity between past, present and future that we take for granted is lost.
The mission of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California, Irvine is to increase understanding of how we acquire, retain and retrieve memories. Using a wide variety of experimental techniques, our scientists investigate memory at multiple levels of analysis. These include studies of the molecular cascades underlying experience-dependent changes in neuronal function, the systems in the brain that support different types of memory, and how alterations in brain function affect behavior reflecting learning and memory. Together, we are contributing to the solution of the puzzle of how the brain learns and remembers.
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