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    Hippocampal contribution to vector model hypothesis during cue-dependent navigation


    Diviney, Mairead and Fey, Dirk and Commins, Sean (2013) Hippocampal contribution to vector model hypothesis during cue-dependent navigation. Learning and Memory, 20 (7). pp. 367-378. ISSN 1072-0502

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    Abstract

    Learning to navigate toward a goal is an essential skill. Place learning is thought to rely on the ability of animals to associate the location of a goal with surrounding environmental cues. Using the Morris water maze, a task popularly used to examine place learning, we demonstrate that distal cues provide animals with distance and directional information. We show how animals use the cues in a visually dependent guidance manner to find the goal. Further, we demonstrate how hippocampal lesions disrupt this learning mechanism. Our results can be explained through the vector model of navigation built on associative learning principles rather than evoking a cognitive map.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at 10.1101/lm.029272.112
    Keywords: Hippocampus; vector model; hypothesis; cue-dependent; navigation; hippocampal lesions;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 4436
    Depositing User: Mairead Diviney
    Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2013 14:31
    Journal or Publication Title: Learning and Memory
    Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
    Refereed: Yes
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