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Single Neuron Studies of the Human BrainProbing Cognition$
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Itzhak Fried, Ueli Rutishauser, Moran Cerf, and Gabriel Kreiman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027205

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027205.001.0001

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Navigating Our Environment: Insights from Single Neuron Recordings in the Human Brain

Navigating Our Environment: Insights from Single Neuron Recordings in the Human Brain

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Single Neuron Studies of the Human Brain
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Itzhak Fried

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027205.003.0009

The hippocampus and associated structures within the medial temporal lobe (MTL) are thought to support the formation of a cognitive map of space. This chapter reviews a number of studies that utilize a virtual reality environment to investigate the representation of space while patients navigate this environment. Individual neurons in the human MTL were found to be active specifically in particular parts of the virtual environment. Here, we discuss the similarity and dissimilarity to these cells to rodent place fields. We also summarize results on theta power increases during virtual navigation.

Keywords:   Place fields, Grid Cells, virtual environment, yellow cab game

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