Category: Spatial Cognition

How can navigation in cluttered environments be supported by utilizing a combination of grid cell-driven vector navigation, place cell-driven topological navigation, and border cell-driven local obstacle avoidance?

Edvardsen, V, Bicanski, A, Burgess, N. Navigating with grid and place cells in cluttered environments. Hippocampus. 2020; 30: 220– 232. https://doi.org/10.1002/hipo.23147

Abstract
“Hippocampal formation contains several classes of neurons thought to be involved in navigational processes, in particular place …

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How does the brain encode landmarks?

Fischer, Lukas, Raul Mojica Soto-Albors, Friederike Buck, and Mark Harnett. “Representation of Visual Landmarks in Retrosplenial Cortex.” eLife 2020;9:e51458 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.51458

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The process by which visual information is incorporated into the brain’s spatial framework to represent

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How does the human brain encode egocentric (self-centered) spatial information?

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

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Egocentric boundary vector tuning of the retrosplenial cortex

Andrew S. Alexander, Lucas C. Carstensen, James R. Hinman, Florian Raudies, G. William Chapman and Michael E. Hasselmo. Egocentric boundary vector tuning of the retrosplenial cortex. SCIENCE ADVANCES21 FEB 2020 : EAAZ2322

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“The retrosplenial cortex is reciprocally connected …

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How do the brain circuits work in encoding, retrieval and discrimination of episodic memories?

Hainmueller, T., Bartos, M. Dentate gyrus circuits for encoding, retrieval and discrimination of episodic memories. Nat Rev Neurosci (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41583-019-0260-z

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The dentate gyrus (DG) has a key role in hippocampal memory formation. Intriguingly, DG lesions impair …

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How do 3D place cells represent 3D volumetric space in rats?

Roddy M. Grieves, Selim Jedidi-Ayoub, Karyna Mishchanchuk, Anyi Liu, Sophie Renaudineau & Kate J. Jeffery. The place-cell representation of volumetric space in rats. Nat Commun 11, 789 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-14611-7

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“Place cells are spatially modulated neurons found in the …

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How does the brain’s compass system work in insects and mammals?

Hulse, Brad K., and Vivek Jayaraman. “Mechanisms Underlying the Neural Computation of Head Direction.” Annual Review of Neuroscience 43 (2019).

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Many animals use an internal sense of direction to guide their movements through the world. …

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