Institute Fellow Megan deBettencourt, Ph.D. learned recently that her proposal, “Real-time control of memory encoding,” was accepted by the Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program. The three year award is for an individual postdoctoral fellowship.

Neural fluctuations in the moment have downstream consequences on what we remember later. Working with Institute Members Ed Awh and Ed Vogel, deBettencourt will track neural fluctuations in real time in order to detect and provide feedback about moments when the brain is in a disadvantageous state. We will explore how these real-time interventions can more directly link brain states with behavior and can be used to enhance working and long-term memory performance.