Meg Schlichting, Budding Minds Labs' principal investigator, recently wrote an article for Nature Partner Journals (NPJ)! In the article - entitled "How the Brain Links Related Memories" - Dr. Schlichting discusses how connecting new information with existing memories effectively deepens learning and enables complex cognition. She sheds light on the power of memory retrieval, the mechanisms by which retrieval occurs, as well as the outcomes of memory retrieval (e.g. strengthening, modification) that have captured the research interests of psychology and neuroscience communities alike. The remainder of the article focusses on an example of memory modification called "integration" - touching on its neural underpinnings, its manifestations inside the lab, and, importantly, its implications for the developing brain!
A super interesting read, have a look here!
As of May, Budding Minds has gained three new lab members: Hailey, Sagana, and Sam! Hailey is working as our all-important lab manager, Sagana is our soon-to-be graduate student who is officially beginning her graduate program under the supervision of Dr. Schlichting this fall, and Sam will be volunteering as a research assistant alongside Wangjing! Dr. Schlichting and her new and expanded team will be working collaboratively and closely throughout the summer. Our major tasks for the summer, among others, include writing several REB proposals for our future behavioural and neuroimaging studies, and prepping the research that is to be conducted in the laboratory this fall! Stay tuned for updates on our progress!
Our lab will be joining the Psychology department at the University of Toronto, St. George campus in January 2017. Check back often for updates on what's happening at the lab!