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How Single Neurons and Brain Networks support Spatial Navigation (A02)

24. May 2019

The Press Department of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum reports on their news portal: Both individual nerve cells and large neuronal assemblies appear to berelevant for spatial navigation. But what’s the relationship between both?

Spatial navigation is an essential cognitive function, which is frequentlyimpaired in patients suffering from neurological and psychiatric disorders.Research groups worldwide have studied the neuronal basis of spatialnavigation, and the activity of both individual nerve cells and large cellassemblies in the brain appear to play a crucial role in the process. However,the relationship between the behaviour of individual cells and the behaviour of large cell networks has for the most part remained unexplored.

Various theories on this topic were put forward by an international team in the journal “Trends in Cognitive Sciences” from 24 May 2019. The review article was jointly authored by Lukas Kunz from the University Medical Center in Freiburg, Liang Wang from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and Nikolai Axmacher.

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