Category: Neural Basis of Navigation

How the Spiking Neural Network allows for navigation through an environment via landmark association without needing GPS?

Alexander Jones, Andrew Rush, Cory Merkel, Eric Herrmann, Ajey P. Jacob, Clare Thiem, Rashmi Jha. A neuromorphic SLAM architecture using gated-memristive synapses. Neurocomputing, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neucom.2019.09.098.

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Navigation in GPS-denied environments is a critical challenge for autonomous mobile platforms

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How the brain performs egocentric-to-allocentric transformations?

Cheng Wang, Xiaojing Chen, James J Knierim. Egocentric and allocentric representations of space in the rodent brain, Current Opinion in Neurobiology, Volume 60, 2020, Pages 12-20,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conb.2019.11.005.

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“Spatial signals are prevalent within the hippocampus and its neighboring regions. It …

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How visual cues are integrated into the compass in the brain?

Yvette E. Fisher, Jenny Lu, Isabel D’Alessandro & Rachel I. Wilson . Sensorimotor experience remaps visual input to a heading-direction network. Nature (2019) doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1772-4

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“In the Drosophila brain, ‘compass’ neurons track the orientation of the body and head …

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How the internal heading representation is linked to the sensory cues in the brain?

Kim, S.S., Hermundstad, A.M., Romani, S. et al. Generation of stable heading representations in diverse visual scenes. Nature (2019) doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1767-1

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Many animals rely on an internal heading representation when navigating in varied environments1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. How this representation

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How environmental geometry affects human spatial memory?

Bellmund, J.L.S., de Cothi, W., Ruiter, T.A. et al. Deforming the metric of cognitive maps distorts memory. Nat Hum Behav (2019) doi:10.1038/s41562-019-0767-3

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Environmental boundaries anchor cognitive maps that support memory. However, trapezoidal boundary geometry distorts the regular firing …

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How the brain acquire and exploit spatial context?

Eelke Spaak, Floris P. de Lange. Hippocampal and prefrontal theta-band mechanisms underpin implicit spatial context learning. Journal of Neuroscience 7 November 2019, 1660-19; DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1660-19.2019

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Humans can rapidly and seemingly implicitly learn to predict typical locations of

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How humans navigate through their environment based on olfactory cues?

Hamburger, K. and Knauff, M. (2019), Odors Can Serve as Landmarks in Human Wayfinding. Cogn Sci, 43: e12798. doi:10.1111/cogs.12798

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Scientists have shown that many non‐human animals such as ants, dogs, or rats are very good at using

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