#PLOS #SfN15 Preview: traveling in space and back in time

On Tuesday afternoon (5:15-6:25 pm, Hall B1), the Presidential Special Lecture will be given by May-Britt Moser, who received last year’s Nobel Prize in physiology for her exceptional work on the brain’s very own GPS. As we said at the time, May-Britt and Edvard Moser’s major contribution to our understanding of how the brain builds a representation of its spatial environment stems from their discovery of a specific category of neurons in the medial entorhinal cortex of rats, cells whose activity waxes and wanes as the animal explores its environment. Contrary to the place cells observed in the hippocampus three decades earlier by John O’Keefe, which activated only when the animal was in a specific location (O’Keefe was also awarded a share of the 2014 Nobel Prize), the cells described…


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