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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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 A Context for Hippocampal Place Cells during Learning

 A Context for Hippocampal Place Cells during Learning

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(p.16) 2 A Context for Hippocampal Place Cells during Learning
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Hippocampal Place Fields
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Sheri J. Y. Mizumori

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323245.003.0003

A popular current view is that place fields are shaped by very specific prior experiences of animals. That is, memory (or memory retrieval) plays an important role in determining the way place fields respond to current sensory and behavioral information. This chapter considers a role for the hippocampus in memory in terms of the processes it contributes to a broader neural system. This perspective assumes that the hippocampus potentially contributes to multiple forms of learning and memory. The extent to which memory relies on hippocampal processing per se depends on the extent to which context discrimination (i.e., context-based pattern completion and pattern separation) is required to perform the task. This view contrasts with the traditional view of assigning specific types of memories to individual brain structures. It is more consistent, however, with emerging views that there may be “multiple memory traces” that operate in parallel during a particular learning situation.

Keywords:   hippocampus, hippocampal place fields, context discrimination, memory, learning

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