dr. M.C.W. Kroes (Marijn)

Research Fellow - Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

dr. M.C.W. Kroes (Marijn)

My research focuses on the dynamic nature of memory. Classical theories assume that memories are rigid, but for memories to be adaptive they have to be flexibly expressed and updated as our environment changes. The goal of my research is to discover the dynamic neural systems that enable adaptive, flexible emotional memories. Specifically, I investigate the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying (1) the adaptive expression of memories, (2) the modification of consolidated memories, and (3) the influence of prior experiences on the formation of new memories. My research intends to bridge the gap between human research and animal models of learning, memory, and emotions. To achieve this, I use a wide array of techniques including behavioral and psychological assessments, psychophysiology, neuroimaging, electrophysiology, genetics, and pharmacology in healthy human participants, patients, and laboratory animals. The ultimate goal is to utilize knowledge of the dynamic nature of memory to develop novel treatment strategies for psychiatric patients.

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