Place-cell firing does not depend on the direction of turn in a Y-maze alternation task.

@article{LenckSantini2001PlacecellFD,
  title={Place-cell firing does not depend on the direction of turn in a Y-maze alternation task.},
  author={Pierre-Pascal Lenck-Santini and Etienne Save and Bruno Poucet},
  journal={The European journal of neuroscience},
  year={2001},
  volume={13 5},
  pages={1055-8}
}
Hippocampal place cells were recorded while rats solved a continuous spatial alternation task requiring short-term spatial memory. All cells that had a firing field on the stem of the Y-shaped maze were found to have a very similar pattern of discharge whether the rat was about to make a right or a left turn, and whether the preceding turn was a right or a left turn. Thus, the view that place cells encode a variety of events (including the direction of turns) useful for solving memory tasks is… CONTINUE READING

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