Francesca Sargolini

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Grid cells in the medial entorhinal cortex (MEC) are part of an environment-independent spatial coordinate system. To determine how information about location, direction, and distance is integrated in the grid-cell network, we recorded from each principal cell layer of MEC in rats that explored two-dimensional environments. Whereas layer II was predominated(More)
Allocentric space is mapped by a widespread brain circuit of functionally specialized cell types located in interconnected subregions of the hippocampal-parahippocampal cortices. Little is known about the neural architectures required to express this variety of firing patterns. In rats, we found that one of the cell types, the grid cell, was abundant not(More)
Most of the research on ventral striatal functions has been focused on their role in modulating reward and motivation. More recently, a possible role of this structure in cognitive functions has been suggested. However, very little information is available on the involvement of the nucleus accumbens in the different stages of the consolidation process. In(More)
In this study we report on the effects of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA)- and dopamine (DA)-receptor manipulation on the modulation of one-trial inhibitory avoidance response and the encoding of spatial information, as assessed with a non-associative task. Further, a comparison with the well-known effects of the manipulation of these two receptor systems on(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the role played by intra-accumbens N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in spatial information encoding. For this purpose, the effect of local administration of both competitive (AP-5) and non-competitive (MK-801) NMDA antagonists was assessed in a task designed to estimate the ability of rodents to encode spatial(More)
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of selective lesions of the three main sources of limbic afferents to the nucleus accumbens-fornix, prelimbic cortex and amygdala-with those induced by N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor blockage in this structure, in a non-associative task designed to estimate the ability of rodents to encode spatial and(More)
Recent evidence now points to a role of glutamate transmission within the nucleus accumbens (Nacc) in spatial learning and memory. Unfortunately, the role of the distinct classes of glutamate receptors within this structure in mediating the different steps of the memorization process is not clear. The aim of this study therefore was to further investigate(More)
In this paper, we present a model for the generation of grid cells and the emergence of place cells from multimodal input to the entorhinal cortex (EC). In this model, grid cell activity in the dorsocaudal medial entorhinal cortex (dMEC) [28] results from the operation of a long-distance path integration system located outside the hippocampal formation,(More)
Nucleus accumbens dopamine is known to play an important role in motor activity and in behaviours governed by drugs and natural reinforcers, as well as in non-associative forms of learning. At the same time, activation of D1 and D2 dopamine receptors has been suggested to promote intracellular events related to neural plasticity. Therefore, in this study we(More)
Generally recognition memory is distinguished into spatial and object memories that have been suggested to relay at a cortical level on different neural substrates. Recent studies point to a possible involvement of the nucleus accumbens (Nac) in spatial memory, demonstrating that blockade of glutamate antagonists within this structure impairs acquisition(More)