Dr. Shapiro is a part of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience of Memory Laboratory. Here he focus his research in how neural circuits processing is altered so that information is encoded, stored, and then later retrieved in appropriate circumstances. His lab samples neuronal activity from specific parts of the brain that are needed to perform a particular cognitive function, and attempt to decode the signal to understand how these systems need the neural networks to represent the information in memory and guide behavior.
Ferbinteanu, J., & Shapiro, M. L. (2003). Prospective and retrospective memory coding in the hippocampus. Neuron, 40(6), 1227–39. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14687555
Kennedy, P. J., & Shapiro, M. L. (2004). Retrieving memories via internal context requires the hippocampus. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 24(31), 6979–85. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1388-04.2004
Rich, E. L., & Shapiro, M. L. (2007). Prelimbic/infralimbic inactivation impairs memory for multiple task switches, but not flexible selection of familiar tasks. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 27(17), 4747–55. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0369-07.2007