Human memory and related disorders may be better understood by investigating the neural circuitry underlying basic forms of learning. Classical conditioning is one fundamental form of learning that may represent a foundation on which higher-level cognition is built. We use functional MRI (fMRI) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) techniques to examine the neural circuitry underlying human eyeblink conditioning. Research in our laboratory focuses on:
1) understanding basic neural mechanisms important for human classical conditioning.
2) characterizing the neural circuitry underlying developmental and aging effects on this form of learning.
3) investigating the neural bases of learning deficits in clinical populations (e.g. alcoholism).