Humans with hippocampus damage display severe spatial memory impairments in a virtual Morris water task

@article{Astur2002HumansWH,
  title={Humans with hippocampus damage display severe spatial memory impairments in a virtual Morris water task},
  author={Robert S. Astur and Laughlin B Taylor and Adam N. Mamelak and Linda M. Philpott and Rob J. Sutherland},
  journal={Behavioural Brain Research},
  year={2002},
  volume={132},
  pages={77-84}
}
For nonhumans, it has been shown that the hippocampus (HPC) is critical for spatial memory. We tested patients with unilateral HPC resections on a virtual analogue of a classic spatial task to assess HPC functioning in nonhumans: the Morris water task. We found that when humans are required to use spatial cues to navigate to a hidden escape platform in a pool, patients with HPC resections display severe impairments in spatial navigation relative to age-matched controls and age-matched patients… CONTINUE READING
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