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Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Part 1 of OSS's Mind-Body Connection series presented in collaboration with CWRU’s Emeriti Academy features Prof. Morris Moscovitch on «Memory.»
Memory for specific life experiences is characterized by recollection of the flow of events in time and space that compose specific episodes, and this ability depends on a brain area called the hippocampus. I will describe recent complementary evidence of “time cells” in the hippocampus that encode sequential moments in temporally structured experiences. Furthermore, networks of time cells represent the temporal organization of specific memories and predict memory success. In addition, we have traced the origin of timing signals to a cortical area that also carries signals about space to the hippocampus. Taken together, these findings support an emerging view that the hippocampus serves memory by mapping the organization of events within their temporal and spatial context, and to connect related memories in the building of knowledge. This capacity to map memories supports our ability to use memory for planning and insight in everyday life challenges.
Dinner and Lecture tickets available: Lifelong Learning Members: $172 for full series; $40 per lecture | Nonmembers: $195 for full series; $48 per lecture.