Center for Neuroscience UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT DAVIS Animal Models of Episodic Memory? Charan Ranganath Center for Neuroscience and Dept of Psychology, UC Davis Visit us on the web at: http://dml.ucdavis.edu Levels of analysis Episodic Memory Conscious Experience Neural Substrates (lesion effects) (Subjective Report) Functional Characteristics (effects of behavioral manipulations) Neural Correlates (physiology/imaging) Levels of analysis Memory Constructs Conscious Experience Information: Who, What, When Where (Subjective Report) Confidence Issues for discussion (or caution) • Homologies in tasks: – Do humans, rats, and monkeys do task the same way? – Materials: words = odors/locations = objects? – Does extensive training change way memory tasks are performed? • Homologies in brain structures: Prefrontal cortex • Influence of “non-memory” processes • Connection with pharmacology research (which often focuses on plasticity/consolidation)?