Category: Neural Basis of Navigation

How the entorhinal cortex supports landmark-based navigation and path integration

Chen, Xiaoli, Paula Vieweg, and Thomas Wolbers. “Computing distance information from landmarks and self-motion cues-Differential contributions of anterior-lateral vs. posterior-medial entorhinal cortex in humans.” NeuroImage (2019): 116074.

Abstract
Landmarks and path integration cues are two important sources

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How heading neurons in the Drosophila central complex guide moment-to-moment navigational behavior?

Jonathan Green, Vikram Vijayan, Peter Mussells Pires, Atsuko Adachi & Gaby Maimon. A neural heading estimate is compared with an internal goal to guide oriented navigation. Nature Neuroscience, 22 July 2019. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41593-019-0444-x

Abstract
Goal-directed navigation is thought to

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How does rat place cells encode 3D volumetric space?

Roddy M Grieves, Selim Jedidi-Ayoub, Karyna Mishchanchuk, Anyi Liu, Sophie Renaudineau, Kate J Jeffery. The place-cell representation of volumetric space in rats.

Abstract
“Place cells are spatially modulated neurons found in the hippocampus that underlie …

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How does the brain transform egocentric information into an allocentric spatial reference frame?

Patrick A. LaChance, Travis P. Todd, Jeffrey S. Taube. A sense of space in postrhinal cortex. Science 12 Jul 2019: Vol. 365, Issue 6449, eaax4192 DOI: 10.1126/science.aax4192

Abstract
“A topographic representation of local space is critical for navigation and …

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How does the 3D neural compass work in the mouse brain?

Angelaki, Dora E., Julia Ng, Amada M. Abrego, Henry X. Cham, J. D. Dickman, and Jean Laurens. “A gravity-based three-dimensional compass in the mouse brain.” bioRxiv (2019): 570382.

Summary
“Head direction cells in the mammalian limbic system are …

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Are there different kinds of head direction cells in the brain?

Dudchenko, Paul A., Emma R. Wood, and Anna Smith. “A new perspective on the head direction cell system and spatial behavior.” Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews (2019).

Highlights
• Damage to the head direction circuit produces only modest impairments …

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How the brain remembers where you’re heading to?

Kunz, Lukas, Liang Wang, Daniel Lachner-Piza, Hui Zhang, Armin Brandt, Matthias Dümpelmann, Peter C. Reinacher et al. “Hippocampal theta phases organize the reactivation of large-scale electrophysiological representations during goal-directed navigation.” Science Advances 5, no. 7 (2019): eaav8192.

Abstract
Humans are

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