- Postgraduate (Psychology)
What makes us who we are? There are as many answers to this question as there have been scholars asking it. One intriguing approach is the one of memory. What we perceive around us reaches us filtered through the lens of our past experiences. Likewise, how we interact with our environment is shaped by our memories. During my PhD I leverage human intracranial recordings to probe the very building blocks – individual neurons – that make up our memories. We call these index neurons because they show a specific firing rate reinstatement when correctly remembering a unique past episode. Although already proposed by Teyler and Discenna in 1986, their existence has never been empirically shown in humans before.