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How our brains say ‘Stop!’ to memory and action: Yuhua Guo

To study how we 'stop' may sound counter-intuitive, as thinking and acting seem to be the default in our everyday life. However, being able to stop is equally important, as it can prevent and override distractions or competing options to make us think and act more effectively.

In this talk, Yuhua reviews the literature illustrating the similar brain activations involved in stopping memories and actions. Yuhua presents results from a series of meta-analyses — a more statistically powerful form of analysis, that aims to find the common truth behind an aggregate of similar studies, to show overlapping brain networks between memory and motor stopping.

Yuhua examines the neural mechanisms underlying these overlapping brain networks, in relation to the respective distinctiveness in stopping memories and actions.


Yuhua Guo is a graduate student at Churchill College undertaking a PhD in the MRC's Memory and perception group.

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Presented at Churchill College, 4 November 2015.