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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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Place cells: a framework for episodic memory?

Place cells: a framework for episodic memory?

(p.295) Chapter 16 Place cells: a framework for episodic memory?
The Neurobiology of Spatial Behaviour

Emma R. Wood

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores whether hippocampal place cells in rodents have properties that might be consistent with a role for the hippocampus in episodic or ‘episodic-like’ memory. It then discusses several examples from single-unit recording studies showing that, under many circumstances, the activity of hippocampal place cells is influenced by the animal's experiences and actions, the occurrence of particular stimuli, or the behavioural and cognitive demands of an ongoing task. In addition, it offers data showing that the activity of hippocampal neurons is also affected by prior events, or by the animal's expectations of future events. Data illustrate that place cell activity seems to reflect the three essential components of episodic memory.

Keywords:   place cells, episodic memory, hippocampus, hippocampal neurons, rodents

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