The War Inside: Fighting Depression in the
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“Six Steps to a Better Memory: Your Guide to a Healthy Brain and Sharp Mind”

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Rutgers-Newark African-American Brain Health Initiative: A University-Community Partnership

Minority and economically disadvantaged seniors are at greater risk for Alzheimer's disease, due to environmental, lifestyle and behavioral factors. In collaboration with local community organizations, we are developing educational and memory fitness programs to promote memory health, cognitive vitality, and a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease among seniors in Greater Newark.                      

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Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative & Rutgers/Al Quds Brain Research Exchange

A new brain research and education exchange between Rutgers University-Newark and Al-Quds University Medical School in the Palestinian Territories/West Bank, encompasses programs in basic neuroscience, clinical neurology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, and geriatrics, and is intended to lead towards the foundation of a future Palestinian Neuroscience Institute at Al-Quds University Medical School.

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Our Core Research Mission and Approach:

We build and empirically test computational theories of striatal and hippocampal function in human learning and decision-making, and apply this basic research to improving our understanding and treatment of brain disorders. Three core questions at three distinct levels of inquiry drive our research:

  1. Behavioral Processes: How do people learn from experience and use this to inform future decisions?
  2. Brain Substrates:  What do different brain systems contribute to learning and decision-making?
  3. Clinical Applications:  Can our understanding of these brain systems for cognition inform our ability to diagnose and treat neurological and psychiatric disorders?

To address these three questions, our lab employs a broad range of interdisciplinary methods, including clinical neuropsychological studies of human behavior, brain imaging, animal studies, behavioral genetics, and neurocomputational modeling to understand two key brain systems for learning:

  1. The Striatum (and Basal Ganglia)  and its role in learning new associations, skills, and habits, and how these functions are modulated by dopamine and serotonin.
  2. The Hippocampus (and Medial Temporal Lobes)  and its role in supporting new learning by providing contextual and representational constraints on what is learned.
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Learning and Memory

Recently updated, with a convenient new modular format, Learning and Memory, Second Edition, shows students where the study of learning and memory is and where it is heading. Requiring no prerequisite coursework, this textbook connects learning, memory, and neuroscience. The book compares brain studies and behavioral approaches in human and other animal species, includes extensive clinical perspectives, and is printed in full-color throughout.

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