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Rebecca Van den Honert
My research focuses on how the brain makes memories. I’m specifically interested in how regions associated with memory and attention work together to create distinct memory traces for similar experiences. Currently, I’m investigating a theory that proposes that the hippocampus performs something called pattern separation to allow similar memories to be coded in distinct ways. I primarily use functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and both univariate and multivariate analysis approaches to test these ideas. However, in the past I’ve done work using intracranial electroencephalography (iEEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). I have also studied the validity and reliability of an fMRI analysis approach called Dynamic Causal Modeling that putatively measures causal influences among brain regions.