Memories are not direct representations of the environment. Rather an individuals’ goals and desires can shape how individuals tailor memories of their environment to support future behavior. By characterizing encoding and consolidation processes in different salient environments, a focus of the lab is to understand how different brain states shift the translation of veridical experiences into adaptive memories.
Memory and Adaptive Behavior
Individuals use their memories of their past to help achieve future goals. We research the complex interplay between episodic memory and decision making by studying both how different decisions we make influence memories encoding, and how memories are instantiated to make decisions. We further use these models in healthy adults to understand adolescent neurodevelopment.
Adaptive Memory in Psychosis
Psychosis and psychosis risk have been associated with both alterations in mesolimbic dopamine and episodic memory systems. Using network modeling in conjunction with novel behavioral assays, we apply emerging knowledge about mesolimbic-hippocampal interactions to better understand psychosis risk.