Mark van Rossum
 
 

 

Dr. Mark van Rossum
Lecturer (Psychology)
Tel: +44(0) 131 3232

 

 

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E-mail: mvanross@inf.ed.ac.uk

Research Interests
Cognitive neuroscience of memory and ageing
My group’s research focusses on computational modelling of memory and its formation, processing, consolidation and forgetting. I'm interested in this from a computational viewpoint because animal and human memory is often still superior to computers in terms of it rapidness (one-shot learning), flexibility and associative character.

Similarly, a computational approach can highlight research questions of interest to experimentalists.
Many studies are carried out in close collaboration with neuroscientists and psychologists, and cover various levels of description: from the single synapse up to large brain regions.

Key Publications
Barrett, AB, Billings, GO, Morris, RGM and van Rossum, MCW. (2009) State based model of long-term potentiation and synaptic tagging and capture, PLOS Comp Biol 5, e1000259.
O'Donnell, C,  Nolan, MF and van Rossum, MCW. (2011) Dendritic spine dynamics regulate the long-term stability of synaptic plasticity. J Neuroscience 31, 16142.
van Rossum, MCW, Shippi, M and Barrett, AB. (2013) Soft-bound synaptic plasticity outperforms hard-bound plasticity.  PLOS Comp Biol.