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The Hippocampus: From Memory, to Map, to Memory Map

Jeffery, KJ; (2018) The Hippocampus: From Memory, to Map, to Memory Map. [Editorial comment]. Trends in Neurosciences , 41 (2) pp. 64-66. 10.1016/j.tins.2017.12.004. Green open access

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Abstract

The hippocampus is one of the brain’s great mysteries. Historically, theories of its function included emotion, response inhibition, general memory, and spatial perception/learning, with memory vs. space emerging as a particular focus of more recent debates. A 1978 paper by Olton and colleagues (Brain Res. 1978 Jan 13;139(2):295-308) captured this dichotomy by exploiting their newly developed radial maze task to reveal a profound deficit in the ability of hippocampally lesioned rats to execute a spatial memory task. This finding supported the emerging spatial map theory of hippocampal function, and helped pave the way for the subsequent uncovering of an entire brain system linking space and memory.

Type: Article
Title: The Hippocampus: From Memory, to Map, to Memory Map
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.tins.2017.12.004
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.tins.2017.12.004
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: spatial learning; memory; hippocampus; maze; rat; place cells
UCL classification: UCL
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: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10046351
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