Scientists at the Rotman Research Institute (RRI) are investigating fundamental questions about memory, aging and the neuroscience of cognition. Their work has shaped the fundamental understanding of human cognitive function, and will continue to impact approaches to the enhancement, preservation and remediation of cognitive change over the lifespan.
Frontal lobes and memory research
The RRI is internationally known for basic cognitive neuroscience research on human memory and, in particular, the role of the medial temporal lobe and frontal lobe in encoding and retrieval of semantic, episodic, and autobiographical memories.
- Rehabilitation efforts informed by high level cognitive theory
- Convergent imaging technologies
- Methods of analysis and information about the fundamental genetic and pharmacological mechanisms important in bringing about the brain changes underlying successful interventions.
Pioneers in this field
- Dr. Endel Tulving: the distinction between episodic and semantic memory systems
- Dr. Fergus Craik: the distinction between self-initiated processing and environmental support
- Dr. Morris Moscovitch: the active role of working memory in encoding and retrieval
- Dr. Donald Stuss: the pivotal importance of the frontal lobes in normal aging
- Dr. Gordon Winocur