Hippocampal Circuit and Code for Cognition Lab (HCCCL)

Max Planck Partner Group

The Partner Group “Hippocampal Circuit and Code for Cognition Lab” (HCCCL) is working towards a better understanding of how the neural code underpinning memory is influenced by maturational and aging-related processes in lifespan development.

Researchers of the lab aim (1) to characterize network changes within the human hippocampus, a brain area crucial for memory, and (2) to identify changes in memory performance that are associated with these network changes. For this purpose, the researchers predominantly carry out longitudinal studies using behavioral methods and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The Partner Group started its work on 1 February 2021 and will be working at the Institute until 31 January 2026. The Group is headed by Attila Keresztes, a research scientist at the Brain Imaging Centre of the Research Centre for Natural Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. He collaborates closely with various projects in the Centre for Lifespan Psychology.

Partner Groups of the Max Planck Society

By establishing Partner Groups, the Max Planck Society supports the international continuation of cooperation of researchers across the globe. The condition for this is that, following a research residency at a Max Planck Institute, top junior scientists (postdocs) return to a leading and appropriately-equipped laboratory in their home country and carry out further research on a subject that is also in the interests of their previous host Institute.

Partner Groups are established for five years.


Attila Keresztes started the Hippocampal Circuit and Code for Cognition Lab at the Research Centre for Natural Sciences, in Budapest, Hungary after concluding his postdoctoral training at the Center for Lifespan Psychology at MPIB in 2018. During his postdoc years, started in 2014, he worked in the Cognitive and Neural Dynamics of Memory Across the Lifespan (ConMem) group led by Markus Werkle-Bergner, Yee Lee Shing, and Myriam Sander. Prior to his postdoc, Attila Keresztes had been trained as an experimental psychologist at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, and then received his PhD in psychology and cognitive neuroscience from the Department of Cognitive Science at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary in 2014, under the supervision of Mihály Racsmány.

Cooperation with project groups of the Center for Lifespan Psychology

Selected References

Keresztes, A., Raffington, L., Bender, A. R., Bögl, K., Heim, C., & Shing, Y. L. (2022). Longitudinal developmental trajectories do not follow cross-sectional age associations in hippocampal subfield and memory development. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 54, Article 101085. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2022.101085

Sikora-Wachowicz, B., Keresztes, A., Werkle-Bergner, M., Lewandowska, K., Marek, T., & Fafrowicz, M. (2021). False recognitions in short-term memory: Age-differences in neural activity. Brain and Cognition, 151, Article 105728.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2021.105728

Keresztes, A., Raffington, L., Bender, A. R., Bögl, K., Heim, C., & Shing, Y. L. (2020). Hair cortisol concentrations are associated with hippocampal subregional volumes in children. Scientific Reports, 10, Article 4865. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-61131-x

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