Recording the spatial mapping cells: place, head direction, and grid cells

Jeffery, K. J. , Grieves, R. and Donnett, J. (2018) Recording the spatial mapping cells: place, head direction, and grid cells. In: Manahan-Vaughan, D. (ed.) Handbook of in Vivo Neural Plasticity Techniques: A Systems Neuroscience Approach to the Neural Basis of Memory and Cognition. Series: Handbook of behavioral neuroscience (28). Elsevier, pp. 95-121. ISBN 9780128120286 (doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-812028-6.00005-7)

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Single-neuron spatial coding is one of the most prominent and intensively studied brain functions. Beginning with the discovery of the hippocampal place cells, which was followed by the head direction cells, grid cells, border cells, and many other cell types in the succeeding decades, such studies have been important in uncovering not only how neurons encode space but also how they contribute to the encoding of memory more generally. This chapter provides a beginner's guide to recording spatial cells and points out some of the challenges, pitfalls, and future directions involved in relating neural activity to behavior.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jeffery, Professor Kate
Authors: Jeffery, K. J., Grieves, R., and Donnett, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Published Online:29 August 2018

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