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?

Recent Publication

Figure summary of neural processes that support proactive and retroactive memory integration at shorter timescales

Transcending time in the brain: How event memories are constructed from experience

David Clewett
Sarah DuBrow
Lila Davachi


April 04, 2019

Congrats to Dr. Avi Chanales!

Congratulations to Dr. Avi Chanales on his successful dissertation defense: Organizing memories during learning to reduce later forgetting.

February 22, 2019

Congrats to Dr. Emily Cowan!

Congratulations to Dr. Emily Cowan on her successful dissertation defense: The effect of sleep on the neural organization of memory traces.