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The Neurobiology of Spatial Behaviour$
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K.J. Jeffery

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198515241

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515241.001.0001

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Drawing parallels between the behavioural and neural properties of navigation

Drawing parallels between the behavioural and neural properties of navigation

(p.187) Chapter 10 Drawing parallels between the behavioural and neural properties of navigation
The Neurobiology of Spatial Behaviour

Bruno Poucet

Pierre-Pascal Lenck-Santini

Etienne Save

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the evidence that the place cell representation may underlie navigational behaviour. It also deals with a correlational approach, reviewing data in which spatial information has been manipulated in a way that produces parallel effects on both behaviour and neuronal activity. It briefly outlines the behavioural evidence that navigation depends on a spatially selective information-processing system, and sees whether the same property holds true at the neural level. More specifically, the hippocampal place cell system is considered as a model of how spatial information is encoded in the brain. In addition, it reviews two sets of experiments showing the existence of a clear functional relationship between the nature of place cell positional activity and the properties of spatial navigation. Data shows that the hippocampus performs a very specific function.

Keywords:   navigational behaviour, neuronal activity, hippocampus, place cell, spatial navigation

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