Congratulations to graduate students Amber Schedlbauer and Millie Copara on their new fellowships, and graduate student Branden Kolarik on his recent talk! Amber won an ARCS fellowship, and Millie won a UC Davis graduate student fellowship. Branden’s talk won second place at the Psychology Department GSA Conference.
New paper by graduate student Jared Stokes demonstrates roles for CA3/DG in pattern separation and completion during a novel spatial learning paradigm. Jared’s paper also suggests a new role for CA1 in binding geometric templates with existing memories stored in CA3/DG!
The hippocampus has long been thought to house the neural mechanisms necessary for encoding a cognitive map of spatial environments. However, recent research in humans suggests that cognitive maps may be more distributed throughout the brain. The Spatial Cognition Lab recently published a review on this topic. Find out more here.