Alexandra Decker is interested in understanding how white matter development enables and constrains neural communication, which in turn, facilitates our ability to encode new memories. She will also examine how damage to white matter during development impairs neural communication, and thereby weakens the brain’s ability to manifest optimal states for memory encoding and retrieval. She am currently developing a behavioural task to probe the influence of attention on memory encoding. This task will ultimately be used in combination with structural and functional neuroimaging techniques (DTI, MEG) to understand the neural signatures that facilitate memory formation. This research will help us better understand the importance of healthy white matter development in driving optimal neural and cognitive states for memory formation.