We all learn, and yet the mechanisms of memory are not yet fully understood. In my research I am interested in what the brain is doing when we learn, after we learn, and while we sleep under the influence of curiosity. In other words, the influence of internally-driven motivational state and reward system. Current research has shown that populations of neurons in our brain are active during learning and consolidating (after learning). Understanding this activity differs when affected by curiosity, is one piece of the much larger puzzle that the variability in human learning behaviours and mechanisms. I will be predominantly be using M/EEG to characterize and illustrate neuronal activity.
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