Circadian rhythms are daily cycles in behavior and physiology. Many people hear of circadian rhythms and think of sleep, but circadian rhythms contribute to virtually all aspects of bodily function. This talk will explore circadian rhythms in memory. Current findings suggest that circadian timekeepers in different parts of the brain generate daily cycles in neuron function, priming our brains to learn and remember particular kinds of information at particular times of day. Join us to hear more about the latest circadian research and what it can tell us about the optimization of memory.
Matt Hartsock is a PhD candidate in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. As part of the Spencer Neuroendocrinology Lab, Matt seeks to identify molecular mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms in brain function. His dissertation research examines how daily fluctuations in neuron firing support fear extinction, a type of learning relevant for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Matt is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a co-founder of the Nerd Nite Boulder outreach program. Outside of neuroscience, he enjoys backpacking and writing music.