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Matthew Wilson

Neuroscientist, Dream Researcher

Matthew Wilson is Sherman Fairchild Professor of Neuroscience and Picower Scholar at MIT. His lab is interested in teasing apart the mechanisms of sleep and arousal, and applications of neuroscience in engineering and the study of intelligence. Wilson investigates brain systems that contribute to learning, memory, spatial navigation, and decision-making and their possible involvement in neurological diseases and disorders. His research has focused on the manner in which memory representations in the brain are formed, maintained, and used during behavior. His approach employs several distinct strategies for examining the neural basis of memory, including electrophysiological, molecular genetic, behavioral, and computational approaches. Wilson received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his Ph.D. in Computation and Neural Systems from the California Institute of Technology. In addition to his professorship at MIT, Wilson is also the Associate Department Head for Education.

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