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Hippocampal Place FieldsRelevance to Learning and Memory$
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Sheri J. Y. Mizumori

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323245

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323245.001.0001

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 Place Cells Identify Hippocampus with Location‐Specific Construction of Mental Images

 Place Cells Identify Hippocampus with Location‐Specific Construction of Mental Images

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(p.150) 10 Place Cells Identify Hippocampus with Location‐Specific Construction of Mental Images
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Hippocampal Place Fields
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Neil Burgess

Chris M. Bird

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323245.003.0011

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.

Keywords:   place cell firing, episodic memory, hippocampal place cells, BVC model, perspective imagery

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