ESR 7 : Amygdalar contributions to memory consolidation
Memories are formed only for the most salient aspects of our experience. We speculate that the amygdala, in addition to processing the emotional value of an experience , is important for the evaluation of the relevance of non-emotional stimuli, and that amygdalar inputs may influence the ‘weight’ of different experience components and how strongly they are encoded in hippocampal representations. This will be studied with joint amygdala/hippocampal recordings with new devices developed with ATLAS, as well as by optogenetically perturbing amygdalar activity and measuring the effect on hippocampal function. Similar to ESR2, both freely-moving and Virtual Reality settings will be used.
Alejandra Alonso was recruited as M-GATE fellow for this project