Neuronal mechanisms of human episodic memory

Investigator Names  Ueli Rutishauser, Adam Mamelak, Taufik Valiante, William Anderson, Michael Miller, John Thompson
Institutions Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, University of Colorado Denver, John's Hopkins University, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Toronto
Grant support: NIH BRAIN, U01NS117839 & U01NS103792
Performance period  2017-2020, 2020-2025


Goal: To advance the mechanistic understanding of human memory. We test key circuit-based hypotheses by recording single-neurons from the medial temporal lobe and frontal areas in humans who are forming, declaring, and describing their memories. 

An overview of methods used by collaborators. In the image, a comic rendering of a subject is watching either a series of images or movies, with LFP spiking data and behavioral data being recorded.

Study population and setting:

  • Participants are epilepsy patients undergoing invasive monitoring with depth electrodes for evaluation for potential resective surgery.
  • Recording systems used are Neuralynx Inc. ATLAS and Blackrock Inc. Neuroport. 

Data generated:

  • Single-neuron recordings, local field potentials, eye tracking data, and behavior. Data management and exchange utilizes the Neurodata Without Borders format. We use the DANDI archive for the release of datasets. 


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