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Fabian Kloosterman, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven
Group leader, NERF and VIB
Member of the Leuven Brain Institute
We study the brain circuits that support the storage, expression and use of memories during behavior
Memories contribute to information processing about recent actions and their outcomes. We also rely on them to anticipate future results and evaluate potential actions we should take.
With our research, we want to dissect the contributions of the brain’s memory system to learning and completing complex tasks. Specifically, our research focuses on the role of ongoing intrinsic neural activity in learning, memory maintenance and adaptive behaviour.
Our scientific questions
How do we remember some of the daily events in our life, and why do we forget others? How do we recall the route that we have to travel to get from home to work, even when faced with a roadblock? How do we learn from our experiences and use this knowledge when we make decisions?
The Kloosterman lab aims to answer these questions by studying neural circuits and systems, unravelling the fundamental mechanisms by which the mammalian brain represents, stores and processes information.
Meet the different researchers of the Kloosterman lab