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Michael Yassa
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Assistant Professor
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Neurobiology and Behavior
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The Discriminating Brain | Michael Yassa | TEDxUCIrvine (English)


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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Listen to Michael Yassa explain how the brain discriminates the things you do on a daily basis.

Michael Yassa is an Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He is interested in how the brain learns and retrieves information, and particularly in how long-term memory mechanisms work and are altered in aging and neuropsychiatric disease. Dr. Yassa examines neural mechanisms of memory from a network perspective using advanced neuroimaging and neuropsychological techniques. The central questions in his work are: (1) What are the neural mechanisms that support learning and memory? (2) How are memory circuits and pathways altered in the course of aging, dementia, and neuropsychiatric disorders; and how do these changes inform our understanding of memory function? and (3) How can we identify early preclinical biomarkers that can distinguish between normal and pathological age-related changes (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease) so that we can better design diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

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