Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders

Bruce McNaughton, PhD

NERF Alumnus 
Senior Visiting Scientist from 2010 to 2013

Professor, University of Lethbridge
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Research Areas

  • neural dynamics and memory reactivation
  • spatial coding mechanisms in hippocampus
  • theoretical neuroscience
  • decoding functional neural circuits using combined electrophysiological and molecular markers of neuronal activity

Research Summary

My research focuses on the dynamics of the hippocampal formation and its interactions with the neocortex within the context of memory operations. My early career concentrated on the biophysics of LTP (long-term synaptic potentiation) and the role of this process in associative information storage. This work was highlighted by the first demonstration that LTP involves "Hebbian" principles of association, which form the basis of all neural network learning algorithms. In the last 15 years, I have been at the forefront of development of methods (e.g. tetrode recording)t o study the large-scale interactions of neurons in the intact brain during the encoding, storage, recall and consolidation of memory. Click for more