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Spatial Cognition

In this episode, we discussed how spatial information is represented in the brain, what neural circuits are involved, and the importance of representing spatial information for navigation and memory.


What is the "cognitive map"?



About the book "The Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map" by John O'Keefe and Lynn Nadel (1978)


What are grid cells?


Landmark paper by Hafting et al. (2005)


And a more recent review paper: "Grid cells and cortical representation" (Moser et al., 2014)


What determines our sense of space? We ephasised the importance of self-motion and vision...


"How environmental movement constraints shape the neural code for space" Kate Jeffery (2021)


What is the importance of the entorhinal cortex?


“Functional correlates of the lateral and medial entorhinal cortex: objects, path integration and local-global reference frames” Knierim https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24366146/


“Intrinsic electrophysiological properties of entorhinal cortex stellate cells and their contribution to grid cell firing fields” Hugh Pastoll, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22536175/


“Inhibition of projections from the basolateral amygdala to the entorhinal cortex disrupts the acquisition of contextual fear” Dennis Sparta https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24834031/


“Basolateral Amygdala Inputs to the Medial Entorhinal Cortex Selectively Modulate the Consolidation of Spatial and Contextual Learning” Krista Wahlstrom, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29431646/


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