Subicular Place Cells Show Similar Firing Fields Across Different Environments: Comparison with Hippocampal Place Cells

  • Patricia E. Sharp


The phenomenon of Place Cell activity is most often examined during sessions in which a rat travels freely through a single, experimenter-devised recording chamber or maze (see Chapters 1,2,3, and 4). The basic phenomenon consists of the fact that each individual cell fires when the rat is in one particular region of that environment, and is silent when the rat is located outside of this range. Since each cell has a different spatial field, this means that each position the rat can occupy is signaled by activity in a different set of Place Cells. In this way, the cells form a “map” of the environment. This is illustrated schematically in Figure 1A.


Path Integration Firing Pattern Place Cell Attractor Layer Hippocampal Cell 
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  • Patricia E. Sharp
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  1. 1.Bowling Green State University

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