Toeing the line: Study finds brain cells that signal path of travel University of California – San Diego

IMAGE: Schematic of route-running and open-field foraging tasks. view more Credit: Nitz/Nature Neuroscience Imagine you’re navigating a city like New York, or any other that’s laid out on a grid. Suppose you run into a roadblock as you’re heading north. How do you know that you can turn to your left, say, and then take a right at the next intersection to continue in your original direction? According to research from the University of California San Diego, it may be thanks to some newly identified neurons in an area of your brain called the subiculum. In a paper published by Nature Neuroscience, the researchers say they have found neurons that help an animal align itself within a cognitive map of its environment. Working with rats, the researchers observe that cells in…


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