The Ontogeny of Hippocampus-Dependent Memories

Donato, Flavio and Alberini, Cristina M. and Amso, Dima and Dragoi, George and Dranovsky, Alex and Newcombe, Nora S.. (2021) The Ontogeny of Hippocampus-Dependent Memories. Journal of Neuroscience, 41 (5). pp. 920-926.

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The formation of memories that contain information about the specific time and place of acquisition, which are commonly referred to as "autobiographical" or "episodic" memories, critically relies on the hippocampus and on a series of interconnected structures located in the medial temporal lobe of the mammalian brain. The observation that adults retain very few of these memories from the first years of their life has fueled a long-standing debate on whether infants can make the types of memories that in adults are processed by the hippocampus-dependent memory system, and whether the hippocampus is involved in learning and memory processes early in life. Recent evidence shows that, even at a time when its circuitry is not yet mature, the infant hippocampus is able to produce long-lasting memories. However, the ability to acquire and store such memories relies on molecular pathways and network-based activity dynamics different from the adult system, which mature with age. The mechanisms underlying the formation of hippocampus-dependent memories during infancy, and the role that experience exerts in promoting the maturation of the hippocampus-dependent memory system, remain to be understood. In this review, we discuss recent advances in our understanding of the ontogeny and the biological correlates of hippocampus-dependent memories.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Neurobiology > Neurobiology (Donato)
UniBasel Contributors:Donato, Flavio
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Society for Neuroscience
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:23 Feb 2021 10:57

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