James McGaugh — The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

by bgbuchanan on April 26, 2010

James McGaugh

James McGaugh

Dr. James L. McGaugh and Dr. Larry Cahill’s research on Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM) was featured on The CBS News Magazine “60 Minutes” Sunday, December 19, 2010.

It can be viewed on the “60 Minutes” website.


Learning and memory are part of the very foundation of our lives. We tend to think of memory as involving only our past, but in fact, it is memory that allows us to use past experience to think, reason and plan for the future – without memory the continuity between past, present and future that we take for granted is lost.

No single part of the brain works alone to make or preserve a memory.  All the various regions work both alone and in concert, much as the different instruments in an orchestra work independently and together when playing a composition.   In this talk Prof. James McGaugh will explain the systems in the brain that support different types of memory, and how alterations in brain function affect behavior reflecting learning and memory.


James L. McGaugh Ph.D.

Fellow, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Research Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior

University of California, Irvine


McGaugh, James.  Memory and Emotion: The Making of Lasting Memories.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.

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