The human hippocampus: cognitive maps or relational memory?

  title={The human hippocampus: cognitive maps or relational memory?},
  author={Dharshan Kumaran and Eleanor A. Maguire},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  volume={25 31},
The hippocampus is widely accepted to play a pivotal role in memory. Two influential theories offer competing accounts of its fundamental operating mechanism. The cognitive map theory posits a special role in mapping large-scale space, whereas the relational theory argues it supports amodal relational processing. Here, we pit the two theories against each other using a novel paradigm in which the relational processing involved in navigating in a city was matched with similar navigational and… CONTINUE READING

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