Cognitive Processes and Spatial Orientation in Animal and by Jonathan Winson (auth.), Paul Ellen, Catherine Thinus-Blanc

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A more challenging experiment removed all of the stimuli (O'Keefe, 1983). The start arm of the maze was drawn back from the choice point to conf I ne the rat to the arm at the beg I nn I ng of the tr I a I. The maze was placed In the appropriate position In the room. The rat was p I aced on the start arm I n the presence of a I I the st I mu I I for 30 seconds. Then, all the stimuli were removed. The start arm was pushed up to the maze, and the rat was a II owed to choose between the arms. I n most cases, the rat chose the correct arm (I.

And Deadwyler, S. , 1981. Evoked potent I a I sin the dentate gyrus ref I ect the retent Ion of past sensory events. Neuroscience Letters, 28:319-324. Wlb Ie, C. , Findling, R. , Lang, E. , Crane, S. and Olton, D. , 1985. Mnemonic correlates of unit activity In the hippocampus. Experimental Brain Research. In press. presses thanks to the organ I zers of the conferencE' for their considerable hospito,1 ity, Research Grant MH24213 from the National Institute of Mental Health fer support for the pr('raratlon of th I 5 manuscr i pt and some of the research there I n, E.

Despite the fact that this traditional controversy seems to have lost some of its force in recent years, it nevertheless tends to resurface in a more or less explicit form during a meeting of this kind. The persistence of such a debate clearly deserves consideration and stresses the need for both clarifying concepts and domains and attempting to translate them in neural terms. As a point of departure I propose that a clear distinction could be made between two separate mappings of spatial relationships that might independently contribute to the nervous organization of spatial behaviour.

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