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Differential influences of environment and self-motion on place and grid cell firing

Chen, G; Lu, Y; King, JA; Cacucci, F; Burgess, N; (2019) Differential influences of environment and self-motion on place and grid cell firing. Nature Communications , 10 , Article 630. 10.1038/s41467-019-08550-1. Green open access

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Abstract

Place and grid cells in the hippocampal formation provide foundational representations of environmental location, and potentially of locations within conceptual spaces. Some accounts predict that environmental sensory information and self-motion are encoded in complementary representations, while other models suggest that both features combine to produce a single coherent representation. Here, we use virtual reality to dissociate visual environmental from physical motion inputs, while recording place and grid cells in mice navigating virtual open arenas. Place cell firing patterns predominantly reflect visual inputs, while grid cell activity reflects a greater influence of physical motion. Thus, even when recorded simultaneously, place and grid cell firing patterns differentially reflect environmental information (or ‘states’) and physical self-motion (or ‘transitions’), and need not be mutually coherent.

Type: Article
Title: Differential influences of environment and self-motion on place and grid cell firing
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08550-1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-08550-1
Language: English
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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 > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10067741
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