Bestselling Book Blends Science and Storytelling to Explain How Memory Shapes Our Lives

by Alex Russell

Charan Ranganath admits he can be forgetful. This is true of most people, but most people are not leading experts on the neuroscience of human memory.

“Everybody knows I have a terrible memory,” said Ranganath, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Davis, “and yet I got a Ph.D. and I publish papers all the time. I'm totally functional, so maybe the expectations we have are just wrong.”

The Nuances of Memory with Charan Ranganath

by Greg Watry

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  • Professor of Psychology Charan Ranganath and his colleagues are developing biomarkers to identify individuals with preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.
  • They’ve focused their sights on an area of the brain called the lateral entorhinal cortex (LEC), which is ground zero for damage in preclinical Alzheimer's disease.
  • Ranganath and his team are figuring out how to assess this pathology in a noninvasive way.

Why does memory fade? Why does it stay?