August 31, 2015
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Dr. Boyer Winters, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory



   Department of Psychology
   MacKinnon Extension, Room 3005
   University of Guelph
   Guelph, Ontario
   Canada, N1G 2W1

   Phone: (519) 824-4120 x 52163 


Current Position

Associate Professor


Undergraduate (1994-1998): Experimental Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Graduate (1998-2001): PhD in Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Research Interests

Mammalian memory is an intricate and complex cognitive process involving the integration of disparate types of information. Our research emphasizes the hierarchical and distributed nature of declarative memory (memory for facts and events) in the brain. A primary interest of the lab is the neural basis of object recognition memory.  We use the spontaneous object recognition paradigm to study the anatomical, pharmacological, and molecular bases of memory acquisition, consolidation, and reconsolidation in rats and mice. Moreover, simple variations on the basic object recognition task can introduce increasing levels of complexity to facilitate the study of information integration in the service of higher-order memories. This approach has the potential to provide great insight into not only the ‘building blocks' of declarative memory, but also the progressive decline of memory in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, in which rather specific memory deficits (e.g., failing to recognise objects such as faces) expand into a marked global amnesia affecting all aspects of autobiographical and factual memory.

B. Winters Publications

Those interested in working in the lab should contact Dr. Boyer Winters (

Graduate students have the option of participating in the Collaborative Neuroscience Graduate Program to attain a degree specialization in Neuroscience.


Post-Doctoral Research Position

Applied Cognitive Science | University of Guelph