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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Anna Een_UK
dc.contributor.authorWood, Emma Ren_UK
dc.contributor.authorDudchenko, Paul Aen_UK
dc.description.abstractObjective Head direction cell and place cell spatially tuned firing is often anchored to salient visual landmarks on the periphery of a recording environment. What is less well understood is whether structural features of an environment, such as orientation of a maze sub‐compartment or a polarizing barrier, can likewise control spatial firing. Method We recorded from 54 head direction cells in the medial entorhinal cortex and subicular region of male Lister Hooded rats while they explored an apparatus with four parallel or four radially arranged compartments (Experiment 1). In Experiment 2, we recorded from 130 place cells (in Lister‐ and Long‐Evans Hooded rats) and 30 head direction cells with 90° rotations of a cue card and a barrier in a single environment (Experiment 2). Results We found that head direction cells maintained a similar preferred firing direction across four separate maze compartments even when these faced different directions (Experiment 1). However, in an environment with a single compartment, we observed that both a barrier and a cue card exerted comparable amounts of stimulus control over head direction cells and place cells (Experiment 2). Conclusion The maintenance of a stable directional orientation across maze compartments suggests that the head direction cell system has the capacity to provide a global directional reference that allows the animal to distinguish otherwise similar maze compartments based on the compartment's orientation. A barrier is, however, capable of controlling spatially tuned firing in an environment in which it is the sole polarizing feature.en_UK
dc.relationSmith AE, Wood ER & Dudchenko PA (2021) The stimulus control of local enclosures and barriers over head direction and place cell spatial firing. Brain and Behavior.
dc.rights© 2021 The Authors. Brain and Behavior published by Wiley Periodicals LLC This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_UK
dc.subjecthead direction cellsen_UK
dc.subjectplace cellsen_UK
dc.subjectspatial cognitionen_UK
dc.titleThe stimulus control of local enclosures and barriers over head direction and place cell spatial firingen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleBrain and Behavioren_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Councilen_UK
dc.description.notesOutput Status: Forthcoming/Available Onlineen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Edinburghen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Edinburghen_UK
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