Richard Addante (CSU-SB)
The role of the hippocampus in non-conscious processing of memory
Since the time of famous amnesia Patient HM, traditional dogma of neuroscience and psychology has held that the hippocampus is a localization of declarative memory processing but that it is not critical for implicit, non-declarative memory. This framework has guided the field from introductory college textbooks to high-level NIH grants for medical research. The current talk will explore recent data which has questioned this delineation, and present electrophysiological data from neuropsychological patients which demonstrates the need for a new framework for understanding the neural organization of memory, and emphasizes the role that brain states may contribute to successful cognition.