Place, space and memory cells

Marozzi, E. and Jeffery, K. J. (2012) Place, space and memory cells. Current Biology, 22(22), R939-R942. (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.10.022) (PMID:23174291)

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Self-localization and navigation are critical functions for the survival of mobile animals. By processing sensory information such as landmarks and environmental features, as well as keeping track of the path they have taken, animals are able to remain oriented as they explore the world, learning what resources are where and planning how to reach them. This ancient capacity for self-orientation has, through evolution, become intimately entwined with the ability to remember the events of daily life — an ability known as episodic memory. Spatial and episodic memory involve the interaction of many cognitive faculties and brain circuits, and so are fascinating subjects for study that reveal much about how the brain works.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jeffery, Professor Kate
Authors: Marozzi, E., and Jeffery, K. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:Current Biology
Publisher:Elsevier (Cell Press)
ISSN (Online):1879-0445
Published Online:19 November 2012

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