Beyond the Cognitive Map: From Place Cells to Episodic Memory

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Overview

There are currently two major theories about the role of the hippocampus, a distinctive structure in the back of the temporal lobe. One says that it stores a cognitive map, the other that it is a key locus for the temporary storage of episodic memories. A. David Redish takes the approach that understanding the role of the hippocampus in space will make it possible to address its role in less easily quantifiable areas such as memory. Basing his investigation on the study of rodent navigation — one of the primary domains for understanding information processing in the brain — he places the hippocampus in its anatomical context as part of a greater functional system.

Redish draws on the extensive experimental and theoretical work of the last 100 years to paint a coherent picture of rodent navigation. His presentation encompasses multiple levels of analysis, from single-unit recording results to behavioral tasks to computational modeling. From this foundation, he proposes a novel understanding of the role of the hippocampus in rodents that can shed light on the role of the hippocampus in primates, explaining data from primate studies and human neurology. The book will be of interest not only to neuroscientists and psychologists, but also to researchers in computer science, robotics, artificial intelligence, and artificial life.

There are currently two major theories about the role of the hippocampus, a distinctive structure in the back of the temporal lobe. One says that it stores a cognitive map, the other that it is a key locus for the temporary storage of episodic memories. The editor of this book takes the approach that understanding the role of the hippocampus in space will make it possible to address its role in less easily quantifiable areas such as memory. Basing his investigation on the study of rodent navigation:one of the primary domains for understanding information processing in the brain:he places the hippocampus in its anatomical context as part of a greater functional system. He draws on the extensive experimental and theoretical work of the last 100 years to paint a coherent picture of rodent navigation. His presentation encompasses multiple levels of analysis, from single-unit recording results to behavioral tasks to computational modeling. From this foundation, he proposes a novel understanding of the role of the hippocampus in rodents that can shed light on the role of the hippocampus in primates, explaining data from primate studies and human neurology. This book will be of interest not only to neuroscientists and psychologists, but also to researchers in computer science, robotics, artificial intelligence, and artificial life. This is a Bradford Book.

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"This is an astonishing piece of work." Richard G. M. Morris, Center forNeuroscience, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262181945
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 6/21/1999
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 The Hippocampus Debate 1
2 Navigation Overview 5
3 Local View 23
4 Route Navigation: Taxon and Praxic Strategies 35
5 Head Direction 47
6 Path Integration 69
7 Goal Memory 87
8 Place Code 93
9 Self-Localization 113
10 Multiple Maps 129
11 Route Replay 151
12 Consolidation 167
13 Questions of Hippocampal Function 177
14 The Primate Hippocampus 199
15 Coda 209
A Attractor Networks 219
B Selective Experimental Review 233
C Open Questions 281
Notes 299
References 307
Author Index 381
Subject Index 409
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