Place Cells Identify Hippocampus with Location‐Specific Construction of Mental Images
Single-cell recording from hippocampal place cells has enabled the development of detailed models of spatial memory. This chapter focuses on the BVC model, which predicts a role for the hippocampus in the construction of rich and dynamic first-person perspective imagery. Episodic memory is simply one form of imagery — the reconstruction of previously experienced events. The ability to construct such images gives rise to feelings of recollection or re-experiencing the events. The model also predicts a role for the hippocampus in some forms of spatial working memory and the ability to construct novel images, consistent with recent experimental data.
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