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Jacob Bellmund

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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Silvy Collin awarded NWO Rubicon

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Silvy Collin has been awarded the Rubicon grant by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to continue her scientific career at the Princeton Computational Neuroscience lab lead by Ken Norman. During her postdoc there she wants to investigate how the brain structures continuous, real-life experience with the use of computational modeling, neuroimaging and realistic episodic memory tasks. We wish Silvy all the best for her future!

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New paper shows grid-like entorhinal signals in imagination

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How do we plan our way from A to B? Imagine you are planning your way home from your favorite café. You need to know both the location of the café and your home as well as the direction between them to find the best route. Imagining what you will see when exiting the café allows you to determine whether to turn left or right. Our new paper, published in eLife, shows that representations of facing direction and grid-cell computations play a role in mental simulation in service of navigational planning.

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