RESEARCH – Hippocampal circuits in learning and memory

Important for a successful adaptation to stress is also how we remember emotionally salient events. Fear condition thereby serves as a pivotal paradigm for studying the acquisition, consolidation and retrieval of emotional memories. How engrams, cellular representations of the memory trace, are formed and modulated is a currently intensively researched topic. Of special interest to us is here the modulation of engrams by previous experience (e.g. juvenile stress) and circadian factors (Albrecht & Stork et al., 2017). Moreover, we are investigating how inhibitory interneurons shape memory traces under those conditions (Raza, Albrecht et al., 2017).