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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Place cells on a maze encode routes rather than destinations
Authors: Grieves, Roderick
Wood, Emma R
Dudchenko, Paul
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Keywords: hippocampus
place cell
spatial memory
trajectory encoding
Issue Date: 10-Jun-2016
Publisher: eLife Sciences Publications
Citation: Grieves R, Wood ER & Dudchenko P Place cells on a maze encode routes rather than destinations, eLife, 5, Art. No.: e15986.
Abstract: Hippocampal place cells fire at different rates when a rodent runs through a given location on its way to different destinations. However, it is unclear whether such firing represents the animal's intended destination or the execution of a specific trajectory. To distinguish between these possibilities, Lister Hooded rats (n=8) were trained to navigate from a start box to three goal locations via four partially overlapping routes. Two of these led to the same goal location. Of the cells that fired on these two routes, 95.8% showed route-dependent firing (firing on only one route), whereas only two cells (4.2%) showed goal-dependent firing (firing similarly on both routes). In addition, route-dependent place cells over-represented the less discriminable routes, and place cells in general over-represented the start location. These results indicate that place cell firing on overlapping routes reflects the animal's route, not its goals, and that this firing may aid spatial discrimination.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Psychology
University of Edinburgh

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