Spatial Cognition

The understanding of spatial cognition in the mammalian brain has advanced to the point that we now have identified neuron populations that code for place, head direction, and distance (grid cells).  We are also beginning to unravel how circuits involving the hippocampal operate as part of a wider system for situating and navigating the animal in the environment.  At BCBT we have tracked the development of theories of spatial cognition as they have evolved alongside the rapidly expanding neuroscientific dataset. Speakers have included the 2014 Novel prize winner in Physiology and Medicine Edvard Moser on the discovery and properties of grid cells, David Redish on decision-making, habits and regret, and Kate Jeffery on three-dimensional spatial cognition in animals.

Featured Lectures

Edvard Moser (2015)

Grid cells and cortical maps for space

Kate J Jeffery (2015)

Neural encoding of complex space

David Redish (2014)

Cognitive effects on decision-making processes

Other Lectures

Saliency maps for spatial attention: insights from mammal-like robots

Goal encoding and monitoring in monkey prefrontal cortex

Hippocampal Navigation

Predicament of the sequestered brain: a sequestered reality simulator to the rescue!

The neural systems for spatial localization and exploration role of 10 identified cell types

How the hippocampus, basal ganglia and cortex work together to control behaviour

Mimicking the elegance of insect behaviour: a case study in visual navigation

Spatial representations during eye movements

Hippocampus, striatum and beyond: interweaving motivation with action, memory and perception