Episodic memory during offline periods

Year of award: 2015


  • Dr Bernhard Staresina

    University of Birmingham

Project summary

Bernhard's research focuses on episodic memory, our intriguing ability to mentally travel back in time and re-experience past events and experiences in great detail. Situated at the interface of neuroscience and experimental psychology, Bernhard uses functional neuroimaging in conjunction with electrophysiological recording techniques such as intracranial electroencephalography to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying episodic memory formation and retrieval. Bernhard’s current projects aim to better understand how the brain solidifies previous experiences while we sleep. Gaining experimental control over such 'offline periods' holds great promise for opening a new window to targeted memory enhancement and therapeutic intervention.