The cognitive map in humans: spatial navigation and beyond

  title={The cognitive map in humans: spatial navigation and beyond},
  author={Russell A. Epstein and Eva Zita Patai and Joshua B. Julian and Hugo J. Spiers},
  journal={Nature Neuroscience},
The 'cognitive map' hypothesis proposes that brain builds a unified representation of the spatial environment to support memory and guide future action. Forty years of electrophysiological research in rodents suggest that cognitive maps are neurally instantiated by place, grid, border and head direction cells in the hippocampal formation and related structures. Here we review recent work that suggests a similar functional organization in the human brain and yields insights into how cognitive… CONTINUE READING
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