Navigating cognition: Spatial codes for human thinking

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Abstract

The hippocampal formation has long been suggested to underlie both memory formation and spatial navigation. We discuss how neural mechanisms identified in spatial navigation research operate across information domains to support a wide spectrum of cognitive functions. In our framework, place and grid cell population codes provide a representational format to map variable dimensions of cognitive spaces. This highly dynamic mapping system enables rapid reorganization of codes through remapping between orthogonal representations across behavioral contexts, yielding a multitude of stable cognitive spaces at different resolutions and hierarchical levels. Action sequences result in trajectories through cognitive space, which can be simulated via sequential coding in the hippocampus. In this way, the spatial representational format of the hippocampal formation has the capacity to support flexible cognition and behavior.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
  • University of Technology Sydney
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Etologi
Originalspråkengelska
Artikelnummereaat6766
TidskriftScience (New York, N.Y.)
Volym362
Utgåva nummer6415
StatusPublished - 2018
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa