Spatial processing: An 'other' kind of place cell

@article{Bray2018SpatialPA,
  title={Spatial processing: An 'other' kind of place cell},
  author={Natasha Bray},
  journal={Nature Reviews Neuroscience},
  year={2018},
  volume={19},
  pages={122-122}
}
  • N. Bray
  • Published 1 February 2018
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature Reviews Neuroscience
'Social place cells' of the dorsal hippocampal CA1 region in bats and in rats encode the position of an observed conspecific. 
The role of hippocampus during observational learning
TLDR
The role of the hippocampus is assessed by pharmacological reversible inactivation during the observation of a spatial learning task, demonstrating a critical role for this structure in observational learning and indicated that the observed and executed hippocampal representation are different, confirming the idea that the hippocampus could represent the position of others in the space.

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A discovery of a subgroup of neurons in hippocampal area CA1 that encodes the presence of conspecifics in rat and bat brains, respectively, suggests a role for hippocampal CA1 neurons in social-spatial cognition.
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The discovery of a subgroup of neurons in hippocampal area CA1 that encodes the presence of conspecifics in rat and bat brains is reported, demonstrating that hippocampal spatial representations include dimensions for both self and nonself.