On October 18 from 12-1 pm, Dr. Larry R. Squire will speak about “Conscious and unconscious memory systems of the mammalian brain” in the Biomedical Library Events Room.
Studies of memory-impaired patients with circumscribed brain lesions, together with parallel studies of nonhuman primates, have identified the anatomical components of the medial temporal lobe memory system. This work also revealed that memory is not a single faculty of the mind and that different brain structures support different kinds of memory. Further studies have illuminated how medial temporal lobe structures, including the hippocampus, support the formation and consolidation of conscious memories.
Dr. Squire is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences, and Psychology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and Research Career Scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Diego. He received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and did postdoctoral study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine before coming to UCSD in 1970. Dr. Squire investigates the organization and neurological foundations of memory. His work has involved the study of neurological patients, monkeys, and rodents and combines the traditions of cognitive science and neuroscience. His publications include more than 450 research articles and two books: Memory and Brain (Oxford Press, 1987) and Memory: From Mind to Molecules with Eric Kandel (W.H. Freeman, 1999). He served as President of the Society for Neuroscience (1993-1994) and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and The Institute of Medicine.