Neural activity in bats measured in-flight
Animals navigate and orient themselves to survive – to find food and shelter or avoid predators, for example. Research conducted by Dr. Nachum Ulanovsky and research student Michael Yartsev of the Weizmann ...
Ensembles of neurons in the brain's hippocampus inform about future as well as past experiences
When a mammal explores an unfamiliar environment, ensembles of place cells in the hippocampus fire individually, recording specific locations in a cognitive map that aid future spatial navigation ...
The unique spatial firing patterns of the hippocampal place cells
Bayesian integration is thought to be used by the brain for optimal decision-making based on information from different sources. Recent evidence indicates that the hippocampal place cells use this mechanism to integrate information ...
Nobel shows importance of location, location, location
Generations of scientists have pored over a seemingly basic but ultimately complex skill: how are humans able to find their way from one spot to another?
How past experiences inform future choices
Researchers at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory report for the first time how animals' knowledge obtained through past experiences can subconsciously influence their behavior in new situations.