New paper in Neuropsychologia shows medial temporal lobe damage in humans impairs spatial precision but not the ability to use distal cues on the virtual Morris Water Maze!
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.