Sat 12th April 2014

Jim Knierim reports in Nature Neuroscience

The Knierim lab reports in the current issue of Nature Neuroscience. The Knierim lab demonstrates that new spatial firing fields (place fields) in the hippocampus can be created almost instantaneously when a rat pauses to investigate its environment.  This finding may lend physiological support to current ideas about the role of the hippocampus as serving as a memory index that rapidly stores information about attended experience onto the rat’s mental map of its environment.

Monaco JD, Rao G, Roth ED, Knierim JJ. Attentive scanning behavior drives one-trial potentiation of hippocampal place fields. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Mar 30. doi: 10.1038/nn.3687. [Epub ahead of print]

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