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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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Navigation in the moving world

Navigation in the moving world

(p.240) Chapter 13 Navigation in the moving world
The Neurobiology of Spatial Behaviour

A. A. Fenton

J. Bures

Oxford University Press

This chapter concentrates on the studies of navigation within a moving environment. It begins by reviewing the rationale for studying navigation on a moving substrate. It then outlines the data suggesting that rats organize their behaviour, memories, and place cell discharge in multiple spatial reference frames. Experiments are also described which indicate a specific role for the hippocampus in organizing information in distinct reference frames. Furthermore, the concept of a reference frame is extended to formalize several cognitive phenomena that require the spatial computations of navigation but do not require movement through the moving environment. In general, rat navigation and spatial cognition experiments typically need the rat to move through a stationary environment to indicate its understanding or memory of the space.

Keywords:   navigation, moving world, rats, spatial cognition, behaviour, memories, place cell, hippocampus, reference frame

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