Since starting the lab in 2008 I have been interested in examining how our brains enable us to remember what has happened. My background is in systems neuroscience and that still forms the backbone of the research in the lab with current experiments using single unit recording and immediate early gene imaging combined with lesions and genetic manipulations to examine the role of the hippocampal-entorhinal network in memory. In recent years the lab has expanded and through collaborations with colleagues from St Andrews and further afield we are looking at human episodic memory using fMRI, animal episodic memory in chimps and capuchin monkeys and episodic cognition in preschool children. I am also interested in applying all of this work to help us understand disorders of memory such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Twitter: @JamieAingeJames Ainge
I am currently interested in both the cognitive and neural processes which support our ability to distinguish between things which are new to us and things which aren’t. I hope to combine cognitive neuroscience and behavioural neuroscience to gain insights into the boundary between novelty and memory.
Twitter: @MagsPittMagali Sivakumaran
I am interested in the cognitive and neural processes involved in separating past events in memory. Using a combination of cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, my aim is to elucidate which cues are used to distinguish one event from another, and what parts of the brain are involved in processing these cues. In my spare time I enjoy coffee, running, ice hockey, and reading.
Twitter: @BjornPersBjorn Persson
I’m jointly supervised by Jamie Ainge and Amanda Seed, studying the evolution and development of episodic memory in pre-school children and non-human primates. I am interested in developing a paradigm that can be used across multiple taxa and age groups to provide more robust comparisons of the cognitive capabilities of these individuals. I also organise Bright Club St Andrews, a stand-up comedy night for local researchers.
Twitter: @emmielociraptorEmmie Bryant
I am generally interested in the neural basis of episodic memory. I aim to combine electrophysiology and behavioural measures in rodents to investigate how episodic memory is supported within the brain. Outside of the lab, I enjoy literature, creative writing, and a good glass of wine.
Twitter: @brivandreyBrianna Vandrey
I have an intellectual passion for episodic memory research, an intrinsic passion for behavioural economics and an extrinsic passion to be able to play Joe Satriani’s “Starry Night” (especially the fast part between 2:20 and 2:28).