Sleep and Memory

  • Speaker
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALoren Frank, Ph.D.University of California, San Francisco
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Sleep is often thought of as an “offline” state, but in reality, the brain is actively processing memories when we sleep.

In this talk, Loren Frank will present an overview of what we know about memory and sleep. He will then present work from his laboratory that explores how memory-related activity in animals differs between awake and sleep states and how sleep contributes to memory formation. This work highlights the interactions between the hippocampus and other brain areas that allow the brain to form memories and store them long-term.

About the Speaker


Frank is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a professor in the departments of physiology and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is also the director of the Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience at UCSF. Frank received his B.A. in psychology and cognitive studies from Carleton College and his Ph.D. in systems neuroscience and computation from MIT. He conducted post-doctoral research at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. His laboratory uses a combination of techniques to study the neural bases of learning, memory and decision-making.

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