David Bucci on Memory, Attention, and Learning

This Focus on Faculty Q&A is part of an ongoing series of interviews exploring what keeps Dartmouth professors busy inside—and outside—the classroom.

With about 100 billion cells in the human brain (and each having upwards of 10,000 connections with other cells), David Bucci, a professor of psychological and brain sciences, pinpoints the big question in 21st-century brain science: How do the cells in different regions interact and give rise to cognition and behavior? In his own lab, Bucci focuses his studies on the brain mechanisms underlying learning, memory, and attention. Here's what the award-winning researcher has to say about the nature of information processing, how to grow new brain cells, and what makes a person a person.

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Dartmouth Researchers Are Learning How Exercise Affects the Brain

Exercise clears the mind. It gets the blood pumping and more oxygen is delivered to the brain. This is familiar territory, but Dartmouth’s David Bucci thinks there is much more going on.

“In the last several years there have been data suggesting that neurobiological changes are happening—[there are] very brain-specific mechanisms at work here,” says Bucci, an associate professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

From his studies, Bucci and his collaborators have revealed important new findings: