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Conférence mensuelle - Rodrigo Quian Quiroga / PhD seminar seriesMemory formation and long-term coding in the human hippocampus

Abstract :

Conférence labellisée Ecole doctorale

Intracranial recordings in patients suffering from intractable epilepsy allow studying the firing of multiple single neurons in awake and behaving human subjects. These recordings are typically done in the hippocampus and surrounding cortex, an area known to be critical for memory functions. Using the unique opportunity to record directly from such neurons in the human brain, about 10 years ago we found what has been named 'Concept Cells' or 'Jennifer Aniston Neurons' - neurons that represent specific concepts, responding to particular persons or objects, such as Jennifer Aniston, Luke Skywalker or the Sydney Opera House. In this talk will show more recent work on how these neurons are involved in forming and storing declarative memories.

pict@University of Leicester 

Selected publications

Concept cells: the building blocks of declarative memory functions

Brain Cells for Grandmother
By Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Itzhak Fried and Christof Koch
February 2013, 3

Scientific focus :

His main research interest is on the study of the principles of visual perception and memory. He discovered what has been named "Concept cells" or "Jennifer Aniston neurons"—neurons in the human brain that play a key role in memory formation— a finding that was selected as one of the top 100 scientific stories of 2005 by Discover Magazine. His work has been published in about 100 research articles and has received world-wide media attention, including articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Daily Mail, New Scientist, The Independent, etc. He is the author of 3 books, including “Borges and memory”, linking the thoughts of Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges with memory research in Neuroscience. Read more


La Fédération Bordeaux Neurocampus, en concertation avec l'Ecole Doctorale SVS, a mis en place une série de conférences destinée à l'ensemble des étudiants effectuant leur thèse dans les laboratoires de neurosciences de Bordeaux Neurocampus. Les doctorants Neuroscience in Bordeaux Association (NBA)sont chargés de l'organisation.

Modalités : tous les premiers vendredi de chaque mois à 11h30 (durée : 1h), puis pizzas avec les étudiants et rencontres avec les personnes intéressées l'après-midi

If you are interested to share pizzas and a good moment with the speaker (12h30 - 14h),please register on this Doodle : (maximum 15 people, first-come-first-served!)