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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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The representation of spatial context

The representation of spatial context

(p.274) Chapter 15 The representation of spatial context
The Neurobiology of Spatial Behaviour

Michael I. Anderson

Robin Hayman

Subhojit Chakraborty

Kathryn J. Jeffery

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes evidence that the place cells are themselves also responsive to nongeometric stimuli, such as the colour and odour of an environment — stimuli that give an environment its quality, or character. It also proposes that the stimuli act by somehow selecting which (of possibly several sets of) spatial inputs will drive the cell. In addition, it explores the possible nature of representation of spatial context, including how it may develop with experience. Moreover, it evaluates how the contextual inputs interact with spatial inputs onto place cells, and what is the nature of these contextual inputs. In general, the data confirm the hypothesis that a function of the hippocampus is to assemble a configural representation of spatial context, for the purposes of enabling context-dependent behaviours and learning processes.

Keywords:   place cells, nongeometric stimuli, environment, hippocampus, spatial behaviours, spatial context

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