The Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) - "Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Study Reveals How Learning in the Present Shapes Future Learning"

New York, NY
 – May 30, 2017  –– 

Neurons in the prefrontal cortex "teach" neurons in the hippocampus to "learn" rules that distinguish memory-based predictions in otherwise identical situations, suggesting that learning in the present helps guide learning in the future, according to research conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published April 5 in the journal Neuron. The study, led by Matthew Shapiro, PhD, professor of neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, investigated memory flexibility and interference, the mechanisms by which the brain interprets events and anticipates their likely outcomes.

- Matthew Shapiro, PhD, Professor, Neuroscience, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai