Agenda 03sep2019 PhD defense Yanfen Chen

Yanfen Chen Emotional arousal effects on object recognition memory: role of amygdala-insular cortex interactions

Yanfen Chen demonstrates that amygdala activation via emotional arousal influences memory processes in its several target brain regions.

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Yanfen Chen Emotional arousal effects on object recognition memory: role of amygdala-insular cortex interactions

Emotional arousal influences memory function. This tight regulation of emotional memories is usually considered to be highly adaptive. But highly intense or traumatic experiences also lies at the core of several fear-related disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias. Prior research has primarily investigated the role of amygdala activation (a part of the limbic system) in strengthening declarative (explicit) memory in the hippocampus. The current research in rats showed that the amygdala regulates recognition memory via interactions with the insular cortex. These findings demonstrate that amygdala activation via emotional arousal influences memory processes in its several target brain regions.

Date, time and location PhD defense

  • Date: 03 September 2019
  • Time: 16:30 hrs
  • Location: Radboud Universiteit, Academiezaal Aula, Comeniuslaan 2

Biography

Yanfen Chen (1987) studied Human Movement Science at Beijing Normal University and obtained her Master’s degree in 2013.

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Biography

Yanfen Chen (1987) studied Human Movement Science at Beijing Normal University and obtained her Master’s degree in 2013. The research in this thesis was performed at the department of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Radboud university medical center, within the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (DCMN). In 2019, Yanfen received independent funding from the Center for Life Sciences to support her postdoctoral work in Tsinghua university.


Promotor

  • Promotor: Prof. B. Roozendaal
  • Co-promotor: N. Nadif Kasri PhD

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