Adaptive memory lab - Members


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Catarina Ferreira - POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

AREAS OF INTEREST

I am interested in long-term memory retrieval, concretely in understanding how memories are retrieved, and why some memory representations become increasingly stronger while others fade out. On my postdoctoral grant, I aim to investigate how actively retrieving a representation (through testing, for instance) changes it, and what neural mechanisms modulate these changes and potentiate long-term retention. I am using a range of behavioural and neuroimaging techniques (such as fMRI) in order to investigate these issues.

 

KEY PUBLICATIONS

Guo, Y.; Schmitz, T., Mur, M., Ferreira, C.S., & Anderson, M.C. (2018). A supramodal role of the basal ganglia in memory and motor inhibition: Meta-analytic evidence. Neuropsychologia, 108, 117-134.

Schmitz, T., Correia, M., Ferreira, C.S., Prescot, A., & Anderson, M.C. (2017). Hippocampal GABA enables inhibitory control over unwanted thought. Nature Communications, 8:1311, 1-12.

Antony, J.W., Ferreira, C.S., Norman, K.A., & Wimber, M. (2017). Retrieval as a fast route to memory consolidation, TICS, 21, 573-576.

Marful, A., Gómez-Amado, J.C., Ferreira, C.S., & Bajo, M.T. (2015). Face naming and retrieval inhibition in the old and very old age. Experimental Aging Research, 41,  39-56.

Ferreira, C.S., Marful, A., Staudigl, T., Bajo, M.T., & Hanslmayr, S. (2014). Medial prefrontal theta oscillations track the time course of interference during selective memory retrieval. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience26, 777–791.

Ferreira, C.S., Marful, A., & Bajo, M.T. (2014). Interference resolution in face perception and name retrieval. Acta Psychologica153, 120-128.

Ferreira, C.S., & Marful, A. (2014). ¿Antonio Banderas o Brad Pitt? Cómo resuelve nuestro cerebro la interferencia entre personas. Ciencia Cognitiva.

 

CONFERENCE CONTRIBUTIONS (selection)

Ferreira, C.S., Charest, I. & Wimber, M. (2017). Retrieval as a fast route for consolidation: a mechanistic account of retrieval-mediated learning. Poster at International Conference of Neuroscience (ICON), Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

Ferreira, C.S. & Wimber, M. (2017). Retrieval as a fast route for consolidation: evidence from decontextualization and semanticization of memory representations. Poster at Memory Reactivation Workshop, Cardiff, UK. Best poster prize. 

Ferreira, C.S. & Wimber, M. (2017). Retrieval as a fast route for consolidation: evidence from decontextualization and semanticization of memory representations. Poster at Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). San Diego, USA.

Ferreira, C.S. & Wimber, M. (2016). Memory consolidation through retrieval: Semanticization of memory representations. Poster at International Congress on Memory (ICOM), Budapest, Hungary.

Ferreira, C.S. & Wimber, M. (2016). Testing effect with visual material depends on the verbalization of the material. Poster at International Congress on Memory (ICOM), Budapest, Hungary.

Anderson M.C., Schmitz T.W., Correia M.M., Ferreira C.S., Prescot A.P. (2016). GABAergic inhibition of hippocampal retrieval processes supports the control of unwanted thoughts. Talk at International Congress on Memory (ICOM), Budapest, Hungary.

Schmitz T.W., Ferreira C.S., Guo, Y., Anderson, M.C. (2016). Inhibitory control of thoughts and actions: Common control processes, dissociable targets. Talk at International Congress on Memory (ICOM), Budapest, Hungary.

Guo, Y., Schmitz, T. W., Ferreira, C.S., & Anderson, M. C. (2016). Involvement of the Basal Ganglia in Memory Suppression and Motor Inhibition: Meta-Analytic Evidence. Talk at The International Conference on Memory (ICOM), Budapest, Hungary.

Ferreira, C.S., Maraver, M.J., Hanslmayr, S., & Bajo, M.T. (2016). Impaired interference detection in the elderly is traced by medial-prefrontal theta oscillations. Talk at The International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Granada, Spain. 

Schmitz, T.W., Ferreira, C.S.Guo, Y., & Anderson, M.C. (2015). Cognitive control of memory and action: A within subject fMRI study. Talk at Nanosymposium at Neuroscience 2015 (SfN), Chicago, USA.

Ferreira, C.S., Schmitz, T.W., & Anderson, M.C. (2014). A Supramodal Inhibitory Control Process Supports the Inhibition of Memories and Actions. Talk at Psychonomic’s Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California, USA.

Ferreira, C.S., Schmitz, T.W., & Anderson, M.C. (2013). A supramodal inhibition process supports the inhibition of motor action and memory retrieval. Poster at Neuroscience 2013 (SfN), San Diego, California, USA.

Ferreira, C.S., Marful, A., Staudigl, T., Bajo, M.T., & Hanslmayr, S. (2012). Prefrontal Theta Oscillations track the time course of interference during selective memory retrieval. Poster at 12th Granada Seminar: Physics, Computation and the Mind, La Herradura, Spain.

Ferreira, C.S., Staudigl, T., Marful, A., Bajo, M.T., & Hanslmayr, S. (2012). Oscillatory dynamics of Retrieval-Induced Forgetting on face recognition. Talk at the BAPS-SEPEX 1st joint meeting, Liége, Belgium.

Ferreira, C.S., Marful A., & Bajo, M.T. (2011). Can faces be inhibited? Retrieval Induced Forgetting of faces and names. Poster at the V ICOM, York, UK.

Ferreira,  C.S.,  Marful  A.,  Albuquerque, P.B.,  &  Bajo,  M.T.  (2010). Retrieval Induced Forgetting on Facial Features. Poster at the SEPEX - EPS 1st joint meeting. Granada, Spain.

Marful, A., Ferreira, C.S., & Bajo, M.T. (2009). Retrieval inhibition of familiar names. Talk at XVI ESCoP, Cracow, Poland.

 

CONTACT

a.c.sanchesferreira [at] bham.ac.uk

tel   +44 (0)121 414 8690


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Marije ter wal - Post Doctoral researcher

AREAS OF INTEREST

I am interested in how cells and neural circuits work together to code, transform and transfer information. My methods of choice are intracranial EEG recordings, which give us an unique insight into the human brain, combined with computational modelling.  I currently study the temporal structure of hippocampal activity during encoding of new memories and during later reinstatement. I hold bachelor's degrees in Biology and Physics from the University of Utrecht and a master's degree in Biophysics from the Radboud University. I did my PhD research on dynamic communication between neural circuits under supervision of Prof. dr. Paul Tiesinga at the Donders Institute.     

 

KEY Publications

Roberts, M. J., Lowet, E., Brunet, N. M., Ter Wal, M., Tiesinga, P., Fries, P., & DeWeerd, P. (2013). Robust gamma coherence between macaque V1 and V2 by dynamic frequency matching. Neuron, 78(3), 523–536. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2013.03.003

ter Wal, M., & Tiesinga, P. (2013). Hippocampal Oscillations (PING, ING, sparse) - Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience (pp. 1–14). http://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7320-6

ter Wal, M., & Tiesinga, P. H. (2017). Phase difference between model cortical areas determines level of information transfer. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 11. http://doi.org/10.3389/fncom.2017.00006

ter Wal, M., Cardellicchio, P., LoRusso, G., Pelliccia, V., Avanzini, P., Orban, G.A., Tiesinga, P.H.E. (under review). Characterization of network structure in stereoEEG data using consensus-based partial coherence.

 

Code

www.github.com/marijeterwal

 

Contact

m.j.terwal [at] bham.ac.uk


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Juan Linde Domingo - PhD student

AREAS OF INTEREST

I studied Psychology at the University of Granada (Spain) before starting a Master in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience at the same university. After my Master, I conducted research about false memories in patients with schizophrenia.  I then joined the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership in October 2014.

My current doctoral research aims to disentangle how the human brain unfolds different components of past events during memory reconstruction using neuroimaging techniques, multivariate pattern analysis and behavioural approaches. Also, I am interested in the computational processes that the human brain is able to perform; reducing the interference between new information and stored memories.

In general, my main goal is to comprehend the brain in order to explain the human behaviour from a psychological point of view.

 

Key Publications

Linde-Domingo, J., Treder, M., Kerren, C., & Wimber, M. (preprint 2018). Evidence for a reversal of the neural information flow between object perception and object reconstruction from memory. bioRxiv, 300913. Under review.

Kerren, C., Linde-Domingo, J., Hanslmayr, S., & Wimber, M. An optimal oscillatory phase for pattern reactivation during memory retrieval. Current Biology. (accepted)

 

CONFERENCE CONTRIBUTIONS

Linde-Domingo, J., Treder, M., Kerren, C., Ter Wal, M., Roux, F., Chelvarajah, R., Rollings, D., Sawlani, V., Staresina, B., Hanslmayr, S., Wimber, M. (2018). Tracking the reconstruction of episodic memories in behaviour and EEG time courses. Learning and Memory 2018, Huntington Beach, USA.

Linde-Domingo, J., Treder, M., Kerren, C. & Wimber, M. (2017). Tracking the reconstruction of episodic memories in behaviour and EEG time courses. International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Linde-Domingo, J., Treder, C. & Wimber, M. (2017). Deconstructing episodic memories to track their reconstruction in EEG time courses. British Neuroscience Association 2017. Birmingham, UK.

Linde-Domingo, J. & Wimber, M. (2016). Deconstructing memories to track their reconstruction in EEG time courses. Poster at Society for Neuroscience (SfN), San Diego, USA.

Linde-Domingo, J. & Wimber, M. (2016). Sustained processing shift towards pattern separation versus completion in an associative memory task. Poster at International Congress on Memory (ICOM), Budapest, Hungary.

 

Contact

JXL495 [at] student.bham.ac.uk


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Casper Kerrén  - PhD student

areas of interest

Memories. They define me. Not too stable in all circumstances. Sometimes they change, it seems; do I then also change? I remember several past episodes of my life. Or do I. How real are they? If my brain is adaptively constructed (which it should be), maybe my less important memories will fade, and when activated, fail me. Who knows? Anyways. I find myself with several questions about my own memory. My memories. That is why I want to understand. How do I understand something like this? Well, good question. In the field in which I have chosen to spend my time in, we use several different electrophysiological and imaging methods, multivariate pattern techniques, along with some form of intelligence. I am no reductionist; I think the brain works on several different levels. Maybe not equally important. So far, my method of use has been EEG, and my question has been whether there is an optimal time point for retrieving memories. I started in March 2017. I am from Sweden.

 

Key Publications

Michelmann, S., Treder, M.S., Griffiths, B.J., Kerrén, C., Roux, F., Wimber, M., Rollings, D., Sawlani, V., Chelvarajah, R., Gollwitzer, S., Kreiselmeyer, G., Hamer, H., Bowman, H., Staresina, B., Hanslmayr, S. (2018) Data-driven re-referencing of intracranial EEG based on independent component analysis (ICA). J Neurosci Meth. accepted. doi.org/10.1101/150045

Linde-Domingo, J., Treder, M., Kerren, C., & Wimber, M. (preprint 2018). Evidence for a reversal of the neural information flow between object perception and object reconstruction from memory. bioRxiv, 300913. Under review.

Kerren, C., Linde-Domingo, J., Hanslmayr, S., & Wimber, M. An optimal oscillatory phase for pattern reactivation during memory retrieval. Current Biology. (accepted).

 

CONFERENCE CONTRIBUTIONS

Kerren, C., Linde-Domingo, J., Hanslmayr, Simon. & Wimber, M. (2018). An optimal oscillatory phase for pattern reactivation during memory retrieval. Poster at Learning and Memory 2018, Huntington Beach, USA.

Kerren, C., Linde-Domingo, J., Hanslmayr, Simon. & Wimber, M. (2017). Reactivation of memory patterns in the human EEG rhythmically fluctuates in the theta range. Poster at International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

CONTACT

c.kerren [at] pgr.bham.ac.uk


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Julia Lifanov - PhD student

areas of interest

During my studies in the field of psychology and cognitive neuroscience in Maastricht (the Netherlands), I developed my strong interest in the plastic and continuously learning brain. My Master’s project kept me busy with understanding how the brain encodes temporal, spatial and contextual information and integrates it into a single memory. Now, I see the next challenge in discovering what happens during the retrieval process of memories and how information is reconstructed once it has been learned. The methods of interest for my projects are combined EEG-fMRI techniques. Next to my passion for neuronal processes during learning and retrieving information, I appreciate to dive deeper into the technical challenges of combined imaging studies and analytical methods such as multivariate analyses.

“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” (Einstein)

 

conference contributions

van de Ven, V., Lifanov, J., Iosif, O., Kochs, S., Smulders, F., de Weerd, P. (2017). Associate Memory of Elapsed Time: Behavior, Brain Oscillations and Hippocampal Activity. Poster at Timing Research Forum, Strasbourg, France

 

Contact

JXL1118 [at] student.bham.ac.uk