Oliver Hardt


Lab Members
Bruno Moraes (PhD student)


Dr. Oliver Hardt
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
McGill University
Montreal, Canada




E-mail: oliver.hardt@mac.com

Research Interests
The brain forgets.  Typically this is seen as a failure of one or more of the basic memory processes, such as memory acquisition, formation, maintenance, and retrieval.  While memory loss may indeed often reflect such failures, it is likely that well-organized forgetting processes exist that bear functional significance for memory.  My laboratory is dedicated to study the molecular basis of memory with a focus on the neurobiology of forgetting, exploring the role of forgetting in normal as well as pathological memory loss.

Key Publications
Hardt, O, Einarsson, E Ö, and Nader, K. (2010a) A bridge over troubled water: reconsolidation as a link between cognitive and neuroscientific memory research traditions. Annual Review of Psychology, 61, 141–167.
Hardt, O, Migues, P V, Hastings, M, Wong, J, and Nader, K. (2010b) PKMzeta maintains 1-day- and 6-day-old long-term object location but not object identity memory in dorsal hippocampus. Hippocampus, 20(6), 691–695.
Hardt, O, Nader, K, and Nadel, L. (2013) Decay happens: the role of active forgetting in memory. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17(3), 111–120.
Hardt, O, Nader, K, and Wang, Y T. (2014) GluA2-dependent AMPA receptor endocytosis and the decay of early and late long-term potentiation: possible mechanisms for forgetting of short- and long-term memories. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 369(1633), 20130141.
Migues, P V, Hardt, O, Wu, D C, Gamache, K, Sacktor, T C, Wang, Y T, and Nader, K. (2010) PKMzeta maintains memories by regulating GluR2-dependent AMPA receptor trafficking. Nature Neuroscience, 13(5), 630–634.