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The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory [LAM] Study Section reviews applications centered on the neurobiological structures, mechanisms, and principles underlying learning, memory, and the associated neural plasticity. The scope of this committee is broad, and includes review of studies focused on the cellular and molecular changes, functional circuitry, and neural coding and integration that underlie learning and memory processes. Applications reviewed by LAM often directly relate neural substrates to behavioral and cognitive processes. LAM may also review applications focused on cellular, molecular, and synaptic mechanisms relevant to learning and memory, but with limited behavioral analysis. LAM reviews applications involving animal models (both vertebrate and invertebrate) and human subjects.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates

Membership Panel

The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.


  • Anatomical pathways, functional circuitry, and behavioral physiology of brain structures that mediate learning and memory.
  • Neural correlates of learning and memory assessed at the level of single neuron and population firing patterns and imaging.
  • Cellular events that underlie plasticity related to learning and memory.
  • Molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying specific aspects of learning and memory function.
  • Neurobiological mechanisms behind normal developmental and age-related changes in learning and memory.
  • Effects of developmental perturbations (e.g., stress, drugs of abuse), or age-related dysfunction (e.g., neurodegeneration), on learning and memory.
  • Theoretical modeling of synaptic plasticity, neural circuitry, intercellular and intracellular processes, and interactions among brain structures that affect learning and memory.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Applications centered on the cellular and molecular regulation of neurons, and primarily on molecular signaling and synaptic physiology, with limited behavioral analyses, may be reviewed by Synapses, Cytoskeleton and Trafficking (SYN) or Neurotransporters, Receptors, Channels and Calcium Signaling (NTRC).

Applications focused on the use of behavioral assays to understanding learning and memory, and with limited molecular and circuit-level mechanistic analysis, may be reviewed by Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology Study Section [BRLE].

Applications focused on the molecular, circuit-level, and behavioral regulation of learning associated with the rewarding and aversive cues, may be reviewed by Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior (NMB).

Applications involving learning and memory, but more focused on the processing of auditory, olfactory, or gustatory cues, may be reviewed by Auditory System (AUD) or Chemosensory Systems (CSS).

Applications involving learning and memory, but focused on mechanistic analysis of cognitive processes including visual system function, sensory perception, and attention, may be reviewed by Mechanisms of Sensory, Perceptual, and Cognitive Processes (SPC). Both LAM and SPC evaluate applications involving human subjects and vertebrate animals.

Applications focused on motor learning may be more appropriate for review in Sensorimotor Integration Study Section (SMI) .

Applications focused on cognition and perception in human subjects, with emphasis on behavioral analysis and neuroimaging methods, may be reviewed in Cognition and Perception (CP).

Applications focused on neurodegeneration, and including analysis of learning and memory function, may be reviewed by Chronic Dysfunction and Integrative Neurodegeneration (CDIN) or Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration (CNN). When such applications primarily investigate learning and memory,  however, they are often more appropriate for LAM.

Applications involving extensive computational and analytical modeling may be reviewed by Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems (MABS).