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Hippocampal Place FieldsRelevance to Learning and Memory$
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Sheri J. Y. Mizumori

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323245

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323245.001.0001

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 The Hippocampus and Context Revisited

 The Hippocampus and Context Revisited

(p.3) 1 The Hippocampus and Context Revisited
Hippocampal Place Fields

Lynn Nadel

Oxford University Press

Despite the early consensus that the functions of the hippocampus were somehow related to context, there was little systematic empirical work exploring this idea until the 1990s. More recently, however, the critical role of context in understanding the basic functions of the hippocampus has become clearer. This chapter revisits ideas first promulgated over twenty years ago, and then suggests some new avenues of investigation that might bring us closer to understanding the role of the hippocampal system in mediating context. It attempts to clarify how the kind of contextual knowledge represented in hippocampal circuits is central to the construction of both the experienced past and the imagined future, thus shedding light on how episodic memory works, as well as the putative processes of memory “consolidation” and “reconsolidation”.

Keywords:   context, hippocampal circuits, past, present, episodic memory

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