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State-of-the-Art Lecture Series Begins Oct. 27

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The 2011-2012 State-of-the-Art Lecture Series begins Oct. 27 with psychology professor Robert Mair, chairman of the psychology department, who will present “The Neuroscience of Memory” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Holloway Commons. The event will begin with light refreshments and end with a time for conversation and questions.

Memory reflects the brain’s ability to represent information after it disappears from the senses, to store a lifetime of knowledge and experience in a relatively permanent biological record, and to retrieve stored information on cue to guide both overt and covert actions. Dysfunctional memory contributes to a wide range of neuropsychiatric disorders: from developmental and neurodegenerative disorders to addiction and PTSD.

In recent decades neuroscientists have made remarkable progress towards understanding the biological basis of memory in terms of cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie neural memory formation and brain circuits and systems that mediate specific aspects of memory. Beyond answering fundamental questions about the nature of memory, these discoveries have led to translational research that promises new treatment approaches to seemingly intractable diseases.

The second speaker, Willem DeVries, will present his lecture on Nov.14. 

The State-of-the-Art Lecture Series is designed to help non-specialists learn the most exciting and current developments in a variety of fields from some of the foremost scholars at UNH. The talks begin with a reception and conclude with a question and answer session.