NEWS

The War Inside: Fighting Depression in the
Holy Land Verge Video, August 20, 2013

LECTURES

“Six Steps to a Better Memory: Your Guide to a Healthy Brain and Sharp Mind”

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OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Rutgers-Newark African-American Brain Health Initiative: A University-Community Partnership


Minority and economically disadvantaged seniors are at greater risk for Alzheimer's disease, due to environmental, lifestyle and behavioral factors. In collaboration with local community organizations, we are developing educational and memory fitness programs to promote memory health, cognitive vitality, and a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease among seniors in Greater Newark.

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Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative & Rutgers/Al Quds Brain Research Exchange

A new brain research and education exchange between Rutgers University-Newark and Al-Quds University Medical School in the Palestinian Territories/West Bank, encompasses programs in basic neuroscience, clinical neurology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, and geriatrics, and is intended to lead towards the foundation of a future Palestinian Neuroscience Institute at Al-Quds University Medical School.

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OVERVIEW

Our Core Research Mission and Approach:

How can past learning and experiences inform future decisions? What do different brain systems contribute to learning and decision-making? Can a better characterization of brain systems for learning improve our ability to understand brain disorders and identify lifestyles that enhance brain health? These three questions, each addressing a different level of inquiry—cognitive processes, brain systems, and clinical applications—drive current research in our lab. To answer these questions we employ a range of interdisciplinary methods from cognitive neuroscience including behavioral experiments, neuropsychological studies of clinical populations, functional brain imaging, animal models, genetics, and computational modeling. Our efforts to link brain and cognition focus on the striatum (within the basal banglia) and its role in learning new associations, skills, and habits, and the hippocampus (within the medial temporal lobe) and its role in supporting new learning by providing cues about the context in which learning takes place and which aspects of a learning episode are most important to encode and store.

We currently have four active research programs:

  1. Cognitive Components of Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders,
  2. Sleep Effects on Learning and Decision Making
  3. Aging and Lifespan Changes in Cognition,
  4. African-American Brain Health.
The first three ask fundamental scientific questions about brain and cognition while the fourth integrates across the others to address brain health concerns of a local community.

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TEXTBOOK

Learning and Memory

Recently updated, with a convenient new modular format, Learning and Memory, Second Edition, shows students where the study of learning and memory is and where it is heading. Requiring no prerequisite coursework, this textbook connects learning, memory, and neuroscience. The book compares brain studies and behavioral approaches in human and other animal species, includes extensive clinical perspectives, and is printed in full-color throughout.

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