Watson Lecture: Brain Plasticity during Learning and Memory
Information is stored at the connections between brain cells (neurons). Synapses, the points of contact and communication between neurons, exhibit plasticity: they can vary in their size, strength, and number. This plasticity contributes to our ability to learn and remember.
Schuman, professor of biology at Caltech and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will examine how synapses are modified at the cellular, molecular, and systemic level, discussing work from both human and animal systems.
Her lecture, "Brain Plasticity during Learning and Memory," will begin at 8 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium, at 332 S. Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Boulevard, on the Caltech campus in Pasadena. Seating is available on a free, no-ticket-required, first-come, first-served basis.
Caltech has offered the Watson Lecture Series since 1922, when the late Caltech physicist Earnest Watson conceived it as a way to explain science to the local community.
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