• Hippocampal Circuit and Code for Cognition

  • About

    Established within the Brain Imaging Centre of the Research Centre for Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and generously funded by the National Research, Development, and Innovation Office (Grant FK128648), the Hippocampal Circuit and Code for Cognition Lab (HCCCL) strives to understand how the hippocampus and its networks support and implement human memory and cognition across the lifespan.

  • Research

    Development of the hippocampus across the lifespan

    Cutting-edge high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (hr-MRI) of the living human hippocampus offers an unprecedented window on the development of this intricate brain structure. We exploit hr-MRI together with experimental methods to understand the relationship between changes in the hippocampus and in human cognition across the lifespan.

    The hippocampus is the new prefrontal cortex

    The hippocampus is not only responsible for laying down long-term memories.

    Instead, this complex structure implements various mechanisms that participate in a multitude of cognitive processes.

    What are these mechanisms and how do they contribute to cognition? Through our research, we aim to provide some answers to these questions.

  • News



    Our research was featured at the BCCCD conference hosted by the CEU in Budapest. Great conference for developmental psychologists!



    HCCCL kicks-off at the Brain Imaging Centre of the Research Centre for Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary.



    We started recruiting. Get in touch if you're interested in working with us as a student research assistant, or doing an internship, or embarking on a PhD.

  • The HCCCL team

    We are recruiting!

    Attila Keresztes, PhD

    Principal Investigator

    Attila recently wrapped up his postdoctoral years at the Centre for Lifespan Psychology (led by Prof. Ulman Lindenberger) of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. There he worked in the Cognitive and Neural Dynamics of Memory Across the Lifespan group led by Dr. Markus Werkle-Bergner, Dr. Yee Lee Shing, and Dr. Myriam Sander. Prior to his post-doc, Attila had been first trained as an experimental psychologist at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, and then received his PhD in psychology and cognitive neuroscience from the Department of Cognitive Science at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary in 2014.

    Alex Ilyés

    Student Research Assistant

    Alex is in his first year of his Masters degree in the field of Cognitive Psychology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest,

    where he finished his BA degree in 2018. In his BA thesis, he developed and normed a stimuli set to examine processes underlying the understanding of figurative language and novel metaphors, under the supervision of Bálint Forgács, PhD. Currently, he is working at HCCCL, learning about hippocampal research and fMRI method, and is also working in a study investigating metaphors using EEG at ELTE.

    Anna Kispál

    Student Research Assistant

    Anna is an undergradute student pursuing her BA in psychology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest. She also attends the Illyés Sándor College for Advanced Studies where she is a member of the Social Responsibility Study Group which focuses on reducing social inequalities through organizing voluntary projects. In addition to memory, Anna is also interested in social cognition. Thus, besides her RA position in HCCCL, she also investigates the perception and consequences of action adjustment in joint action task at ELTE, under the supervision of Katalin Oláh, PhD.

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  • Publications

    Key publications


    Keresztes, A., Ngo, C. T., Lindenberger, U., Werkle-Bergner, M., & Newcombe, N. S. (2018). Hippocampal Maturation Drives Memory from Generalization to Specificity. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 22 (8), 676-686. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2018.05.004


    Bender, A. R., Keresztes, A., Bodammer, N. C., Shing, Y. L., Werkle‐Bergner, M., Daugherty, A. M., ... & Raz, N. (2018). Optimization and validation of automated hippocampal subfield segmentation across the lifespan. Human Brain Mapping, 39 (2), 916-931. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23891


    Keresztes, A., Bender, A. R., Bodammer, N. C., Lindenberger, U., Shing, Y. L., & Werkle-Bergner, M. (2017). Hippocampal maturity promotes memory distinctiveness in childhood and adolescence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114 (34), 9212-9217. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1710654114


    Keresztes, A., Kaiser, D., Kovács, G., & Racsmány, M. (2013). Testing promotes long-term learning via stabilizing activation patterns in a large network of brain areas. Cerebral Cortex, 24 (11), 3025-3035. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht158


    Keresztes, A., & Racsmány, M. (2013). Interference resolution in retrieval-induced forgetting: Behavioral evidence for a nonmonotonic relationship between interference and forgetting. Memory & Cognition, 41 (4), 511-518. doi: 10.3758/s13421-012-0276-3

    Full publication list on google scholar

  • keresztes.attila.akk@ttk.mta.hu

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