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Navigating Cognition: Spatial Codes for Human Thinking

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It is one of the most fundamental questions in neuroscience: How do humans think? In our latest paper, now out in Science, Jacob Bellmund and Christian Doeller teamed up with Peter Gärdenfors, cognitive scientist at Lund University, and Edvard Moser, physiologist at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, to offer a new proposal—Humans think using their brain’s navigation system.
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Visual Grids in MEG

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Our new study is out in Current Biology. Staudigl et al. show grid-like modulation of human high frequency activity in non-invasive magnetoencephalographic and intracranial EEG recordings. The results indicate that the human entorhinal cortex codes visual space in a grid-like manner, supporting the view that grid-coding generalizes beyond environmental mapping during locomotion.

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Memory snapshots: coordination of eye-movements and brain oscillations supports memory encoding

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We constantly move our eyes to sample visual information. In order to make the sampling efficient, these eye movements need to be coordinated with the intrinsic brain dynamics that constrain visual computations. Using intracranial EEG and MEG recordings, our new paper in PLOS Biology shows that eye movements are locked to the phase of alpha oscillations, and that this coordination supports mnemonic encoding of visual scenes.

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