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Two papers make 'Best of Neuron' list

The journal "Neuron" recently chose its 12 best articles of 2014–15. Two were by memory researchers in the Department of Psychology and Center for Neuroscience.

A report co-authored by Associate Professor Brian Wiltgen and an article by Professor Charan Ranganath and colleagues were reprinted in the annual "Best of Neuron" series.

"Neuron" editors, in a forward, said the articles were among the journal’s most downloaded articles of the year and span “the most exciting research of last year.”

Wiltgen’s team used light to erase specific memories in mice, and proved a basic theory of how different parts of the brain work together to retrieve episodic memories. Co-authors of “Cortical Representations Are Reinstated by the Hippocampus during Memory Retrieval” are Kazumasa Tanaka, Anahita Hamidi, Yuki Nakazawa, Jalina Graham.

Ranganath and co-authors Matthias Gruber and Bernard Gelman reported on the role of curiosity in learning and memory in their report “States of Curiosity Modulate Hippocampus-Dependent Learning via the Dopaminergic Circuit.”

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