MEMO is a Multifaceted Examination of Memory and its Origins. In essence, MEMO is one of the most detailed investigations of memory ever undertaken.
As we all know, some of us have really excellent memory while some of us struggle with remembering - but why? What are the reasons for these individual differences? Very little is known about this, so one of MEMO's main goals is to understand why and how this variance in memory ability occurs. We will then combine the findings from MEMO with those from our other work which involves studying patients who experience loss of memory following brain injury or disease. In this way we hope to build a more complete understanding of how memories are formed, represented and recollected by the human brain, with a view to doing more to help memory-impaired patients in the future.
MEMO is being conducted by researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London. The Centre is a world leader in using brain imaging to investigate how the brain supports complex cognitive functions such as memory. MEMO is funded by a research grant from a medical charity called the Wellcome Trust.
MEMO is looking for 300 healthy adult volunteers to come and have their memory tested in numerous fun ways, and to have some brains scans. Follow the links on the left to find out more about MEMO and how to take part. Thanks, we hope to see you and your brain very soon!