Seralynne Vann

Based at the Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory, School of Psychology

Research interests

My principal research aim is to provide a greater understanding how our brains support memory and determine what happens when these memory systems break down.

Although the hippocampus is the most widely known brain structure to be linked to memory there are other brain regions that are also necessary for spatial memory in animals and episodic memory in humans; these include structures within the medial diencephalon including the mammillary bodies.

By using a number of convergent approaches in both animal models and clinical populations it is possible to understand how these different brain regions work together to support memory at a number of different levels.


The Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory is equipped with extensive behavioural testing suites and surgery/histology facilities. The imaging facilities in the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) are state-of-the-art and include:

  • a 275-channel VSM/CTF MEG system
  • a 3-Tesla GE HDx MRI scanner
  • a 32-channel MRI compatible EEG system
  • 2 EEG laboratories
  • 2 TMS systems
  • a 300-node computing cluster dedicated to neuroimaging data analysis.

The Centre also has dedicated support staff to support neuroimaging research.

Available PhD projects

  1. Arc, PKMĪ¶, CamKII expression in normal animals and in animal models of amnesia.
  2. Spatial and episodic memory in a clinical population – a combined neuropsychological and neuroimaging study.
  3. How do the mammillary bodies support spatial memory in animals?
  4. Understanding memory using a combined anatomical and neurochemical approach.

Research keywords

Amnesia, episodic memory, mammillary bodies, spatial memory.