Place field repetition and purely local remapping in a multicompartment environment

Spiers, H. J., Hayman, R. M.A., Jovalekic, A., Marozzi, E. and Jeffery, K. J. (2015) Place field repetition and purely local remapping in a multicompartment environment. Cerebral Cortex, 25(1), pp. 10-25. (doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht198) (PMID:23945240) (PMCID:PMC4400414)

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Hippocampal place cells support spatial memory using sensory information from the environment and self-motion information to localize their firing fields. Currently, there is disagreement about whether CA1 place cells can use pure self-motion information to disambiguate different compartments in environments containing multiple visually identical compartments. Some studies report that place cells can disambiguate different compartments, while others report that they do not. Furthermore, while numerous studies have examined remapping, there has been little examination of remapping in different subregions of a single environment. Is remapping purely local or do place fields in neighboring, unaffected, regions detect the change? We recorded place cells as rats foraged across a 4-compartment environment and report 3 new findings. First, we find that, unlike studies in which rats foraged in 2 compartments, place fields showed a high degree of spatial repetition with a slight degree of rate-based discrimination. Second, this repetition does not diminish with extended experience. Third, remapping was found to be purely local for both geometric change and contextual change. Our results reveal the limited capacity of the path integrator to drive pattern separation in hippocampal representations, and suggest that doorways may play a privileged role in segmenting the neural representation of space.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jeffery, Professor Kate
Authors: Spiers, H. J., Hayman, R. M.A., Jovalekic, A., Marozzi, E., and Jeffery, K. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:Cerebral Cortex
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1460-2199
Published Online:13 August 2013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Authors
First Published:First published in Cerebral Cortex 25(1): 10-25
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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