Seminar Series

The control of motor memory processing

We have developed an increasingly sophisticated understanding of how memories are processed. A challenging and important problem remains, however: to understand how that memory processing is controlled. During my talk, I will provide converging behavioral and physiological evidence to show that the brain actively prevents the processing of some memories. Those memories are prevented from being enhanced over wakefulness, and; instead, are enhanced only over sleep. Overall, the control of a memory’s fate is determined not only through the engagement of processes that support memory enhancement, but also through the disengagement of processes that would otherwise prevent memory enhancement.