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Neurobiology of Behavior and Memory Group

The neurobiology of memory work group studies the role of cerebral structures (hippocampus, cortical areas) and neural transmitter systems in the processing of spatial information and individual phases of memory (learning, retention, recall). More recently, we have also been examining the neurobiological mechanisms which govern stress reactions and their relationship to learning and memory.


The majority of experimental approaches used in the study of the neurobiological mechanisms of behavior and memory combine the assessment of the behavior of experimental animals with a measurement of neural activity or the experimental modification of the nervous system. Our research therefore draws on both behavioral and experimental methodologies. Behavioral methods, which include commonly used methods (Morris water maze, elevated plus maze, etc.) as well as new and innovated models of spatial behavior, are used to assess cognitive (memory, problem solving), affective (e.g. stress) and procedural (motor skills) elements of behavior. Experimental methods, which include stereotactical brain operations (e.g. for targeted lesions of cerebral structures, electrode implants, injection cannulas, etc.), systemic and local drug administration, electrophysiology in vivo and histological techniques, serve to study the neurobiological correlates of behavior and memory.


Head: Mgr. Petr Telenský, Ph.D. (E-mail: petr.telensky@natur.cuni.cz, tel. 221952219)
Laboratory: Viničná 7, 2nd basement, door no. S018

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