Raise you thinking about brain function a level: Consider the hippocampus

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Consciousness, Language-Thought, Learning, Memory, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychological Disorders.

Description: Typically when the specific areas of the brain are described and their role in general functioning discussed (at least at the introductory course level) we describe brain areas in what might be called “flat terms”. That’s is, we talk about the behaviours or body fictions that seem to be associated with that area of… Read more »

When Brain Scanning is Too Slow: The Role of the Hippocampus in Language Processing

Posted by & filed under Language Development, Language-Thought, Neuroscience.

Description: From answering fill in the blank questions to be able to follow a conversation when you can hear every single word, we are actually quite good at dealing with missing information. We are not however doing without information that is missed at the sensation level, as our brain is finding the missing bits for… Read more »

REM State Sleep and Memory Formation: Dreaming Mice

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Memory, Neuroscience.

Description: You may recall from a section in one of your psychology courses that the early part of a night’s sleep is typically referred to as restorative sleep. This involves deep sleep. In the latter half of a night’s sleep we typically engage in more rapid eye movements or REM state sleep. Do you recall… Read more »

Memory “On Switch” Inside the Hippocampus

Posted by & filed under Memory, Neuroscience.

Description: In introductory psychology classes like the one I teach we often talk about the critical role that the hippocampus seems to play in memory processes. But we don’t do is talk about just what goes on in the hippocampus as its playing its role in the memory formation process. The article discussed in this… Read more »

How the Brain Codes Time and Place

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Memory, Neuroscience.

Description: We talk about how the hippocampus is involved in processing memories but when some researchers looked specifically at how we process information about when an event occurred and where that same event occurred it turns out that information is processed earlier and fed separately into the hippocampus. Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “How the… Read more »

Additional Hippocampal Function?

Posted by & filed under Language-Thought, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception.

Description: What part(s) of our brain are actively involved when we have to resolve conflicts like deciding when it is safe to cross a traffic filled street? Well, it may be that the hippocampus, known to be involved in memory processing, is also involved in resolving action conflicts. Source: Science Daily: Memory region of the… Read more »