How does neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus influence learning & memory? (2015–2018)
One of the primary brain structures critical for learning and memory in animals and humans is the
hippocampus, where regulated production of new neurons throughout life (i.e. adult neurogenesis) underpins
these cognitive functions. The proposed research will unravel how adult-born neurons exert their influence
over behaviour by determining when newly born neurons become critical for behaviour and the connections
made by these cells within the hippocampal network. It will provide fundamental new insight into the stages
at which these neurons are important for the acquisition of spatial task versus the recall of spatial tasks.