Category: Spatial Cognition

How are hippocampal cognitive maps used and updated flexibly for inference?

Mona M. Garvert, Tankred Saanum, Eric Schulz, Nicolas W. Schuck, Christian F. Doeller. Hippocampal spatio-temporal cognitive maps adaptively guide reward generalization. bioRxiv 2021.10.22.465012; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.10.22.465012

ABSTRACT
The brain forms cognitive maps of relational knowledge, an organizing principle thought

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Whether are some head direction cells sensitive to magnetic direction in a migratory bird ?

Takahashi, Susumu, Takumi Hombe, Sakiko Matsumoto, Kaoru Ide, and Ken Yoda. “Head direction cells in a migratory bird prefer north.” Science Advances 8, no. 5 (2022): eabl6848.

Abstract
“Animals exhibit remarkable navigation abilities as if they have an …

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How do sensory neurons adapt at the longer timescales over which animals traverse different environments?

Tatsuya Tsukahara, David H. Brann, Stan L. Pashkovski, Grigori Guitchounts, Thomas Bozza, Sandeep Robert Datta. A transcriptional rheostat couples past activity to future sensory responses. Cell, December 07, 2021, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2021.11.022

Summary
Animals traversing different environments encounter both stable

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What’s the dynamics of the hippocampal–prefrontal interactions during spatial decision-making?

Lucas C S Tavares, Adriano B L Tort. Hippocampal-prefrontal interactions during spatial decision-making. Hippocampus. 2021 Nov 29. doi: 10.1002/hipo.23394. 

Abstract
The hippocampus has been linked to memory encoding and spatial navigation, while the prefrontal cortex is associated with

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How the insect central complex could coordinate multimodal navigation?

Xuelong Sun, Shigang Yue, Michael Mangan. How the insect central complex could coordinate multimodal navigation. bioRxiv 2021.08.18.456777; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.08.18.456777

Abstract
“The central complex of the insect midbrain is thought to coordinate insect guidance strategies. Computational models can account for …

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How does the human brain encode egocentric spatial maps?

Lukas Kunz, Armin Brandt, Peter C. Reinacher, Bernhard P. Staresina, Eric T. Reifenstein, Christoph T. Weidemann, Nora A. Herweg, Ansh Patel, Melina Tsitsiklis, Richard Kempter, Michael J. Kahana, Andreas Schulze-Bonhage, Joshua Jacobs. A neural code for egocentric spatial maps in

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Whether the encoding of the speed of sound in the brain is innate or learned for echolocating bats?

Eran Amichai, Yossi Yovel. Echolocating bats rely on an innate speed-of-sound reference. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences May 2021, 118 (19) e2024352118; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2024352118

Abstract
“Animals must encode fundamental physical relationships in their brains. A heron plunging …

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