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Spatial cognition in mice and rats: similarities and differences in brain and behavior

Hok, V; Poucet, B; Duvelle, E; Save, E; Sargolini, F; (2016) Spatial cognition in mice and rats: similarities and differences in brain and behavior. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science , 7 (6) pp. 406-421. 10.1002/wcs.1411. Green open access

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Abstract

The increasing use of mice models in cognitive tasks that were originally designed for rats raises crucial questions about cross-species comparison in the study of spatial cognition. The present review focuses on the major neuroethological differences existing between mice and rats, with particular attention given to the neurophysiological basis of space coding. While little difference is found in the basic properties of space representation in these two species, it appears that the stability of this representation changes more drastically over time in mice than in rats. We consider several hypotheses dealing with attentional, perceptual, and genetic aspects and offer some directions for future research that might help in deciphering hippocampal function in learning and memory processes. WIREs Cogn Sci 2016, 7:406-421. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1411

Type: Article
Title: Spatial cognition in mice and rats: similarities and differences in brain and behavior
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/wcs.1411
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1002/wcs.1411
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Psychology, Experimental, Psychology, Hippocampal Place Cells, Long-Term Potentiation, Morris Water Task, CA1 Pyramidal Neurons, Episodic-Like Memory, Freely Moving Rats, Ii Mutant Mice, Exploratory-Behavior, Open-Field, Rattus-Norvegicus
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1531766
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