Active Research Projects
Mechanisms of memory consolidation
As time passes after an initial learning experience, our memories do not remain perfectly unchanged. They may become more durable, may gradually lose their level of precision and detail, or may become incorporated into existing knowledge structures that inform and constrain our understanding of the world around us. These changes, in turn, are thought to be accompanied by transformations in how such memories are represented in the brain, both in the medial temporal lobe and the surrounding cortex.
Temporal structure of episodic memory
Although our lives unfold continuously across time, we often remember our experiences as sequences of discrete events. How, then, do we derive structure from this constant stream of information? What neural and behavioral mechanisms might support our ability to organize, bind, or segment our everyday experiences into meaningful mnemonic events?
Congrats to Lila on receiving the Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award!
Lila has been selected as a recipient of The Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award! This award recognizes the excellence of faculty as teachers and mentors of both undergraduate and graduate students within and outside the classroom setting. Congratulations, Lila!
Davachi Lab Publication highlighted in JNeurosci Annual Spotlight!
The work led by Davachi Lab alumni Emily Cowan is highlighted in JNeurosci Annual Spotlight! Check out the paper here: Sleep Spindles Promote the Restructuring of Memory Representations in Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex through Enhanced Hippocampal–Cortical Functional Connectivity.
Congrats to Dr. Oded Bein!
Congratulations to Dr. Oded Bein on his successful dissertation defense: Learning and updating structured knowledge.