What do we pay attention to?
How are memories formed and retrieved?
Why do we forget some memories?
We study these questions, and more on the human mind and brain, using behavioral tasks, eye tracking, electroencephalogram (EEG), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
How do memories guide attention? In this new preprint, Mariam Aly and I show that the hippocampus and vmPFC prepare for upcoming attentional goals. In the hippocampus, these preparatory attentional states are stronger when they rely on memories vs. they are explicitly instructed. Also during memory-guided attention, attentional goal representations in the hippocampus are coupled with those in early visual cortex.
Dr. Günseli received an International Fellowship for Outstanding Researchers Program grant by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)!
We will be recruiting multiple MA & PhD students in 2020. Are you interested in studying memory and attention? Don't hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Günseli to get involved! Feel free to get in touch also if you want to volunteer as a research assistant in our lab to gain more experience.
New paper accepted in Scientific Reports! See the pre-print where we show a dissociation between selective attention and storage in working memory.