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Dr Oliver Hardt is a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences

He received the degree Diplom-Psychologe with a focus on Cognitive Psychology at the University of Trier, Germany, in 2002. He undertook his PhD in Psychology with the specialisation in Cognitive Neuroscience with Prof Lynn Nadel at the University of Arizona, which he received in 2005.  His post-doctoral training was in behavioural neuroscience at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, with Prof Karim Nader.  He joined the University of Edinburgh in July 2013 as a Chancellor's Fellow. 

My research in a nutshell

Although most memories are eventually forgotten, we are just beginning to understand how and why the brain forgets.  My research therefore investigates mechanisms responsible for the natural loss of memory from a cellular and systems perspective, and how the dysregulation of these processes can contribute to neuropathology in autism spectrum disorder and Alzheimer’s disease.

Research Interests

My research explores the processes and mechanisms underpinning forgetting and memory maintenance.


  • BF Psychology
  • Memory


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