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Human Brain Maps Flip During Spatial Navigation

This is a guest post in our #NPGsfn11 blog series and posted on behalf of Moheb Costandi. The brain encodes two distinct maps of the route from one location to another and switches between the two at different phases of the journey, according to new research presented earlier this week at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C. We know that a brain structure called the hippocampus, in the medial temporal lobe, is essential for spatial navigation and for encoding spatial memories. It contains at least four different cell types that encode maps of the environment, 

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