Hippocampal Spatial Representations and Navigation in Primates


Damage to the temporal lobe that includes the hippocampal formation or to one of its main connection pathways, the fornix, produces amnesia (see Scoville and Milner, 1957; Squire and Knowlton, 1994; Gaffan, 1994). One of the memory deficits in amnesic humans is a major impairment in remembering not just what objects have been seen recently, but also where they have been seen (Smith and Milner, 1981). In experimental studies in monkeys to define the crucial structures to which damage produces memory impairments, it has been shown that hippocampal or fornix damage produces deficits in learning about where objects have been seen, in object-place memory tasks (Parkinson, Murray and Mishkin, 1988; Angeli, Murray and Mishkin, 1993; Gaffan, 1994).

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hippocampus space view place head direction memory monkey presubiculum 


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  1. 1.Department of Experimental PsychologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordEngland

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