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  The hippocampus encodes distances in multidimensional feature space

Theves, S., Fernandez, G., & Doeller, C. F. (2019). The hippocampus encodes distances in multidimensional feature space. Current Biology, 29(7), 1226-1231.e3. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2019.02.035.

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Theves, Stephanie1, 2, Author              
Fernandez, Guillén2, Author
Doeller, Christian F.1, 3, Author              
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1Department Psychology (Doeller), MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_2591710              
2Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, ou_persistent22              
3Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits, Kavli Institute, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Cognitive geometry; Cognitive map; Conceptual knowledge; Spatial coding
 Abstract: The hippocampal formation encodes maps of the physical environment [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. A key question in neuroscience is whether its spatial coding principles also provide a universal metric for the organization of non-spatial information. Initial evidence comes from studies revealing directional modulation of fMRI responses in humans [6, 7] during navigation through abstract spaces and the involvement of place and grid cells in encoding of non-spatial feature dimensions [8]. However, a critical feature of a map-like representation is information about distances between locations, which has yet only been demonstrated for physical space [4, 9]. Here, we probe whether the hippocampus similarly encodes distances between points in an abstract space spanned by continuous stimulus-feature dimensions that were relevant to the acquisition of a novel concept. We find that, after learning, two-dimensional distances between individual positions in the abstract space were represented in the hippocampal multivoxel pattern as well as in the univariate hippocampal signal as indexed by fMRI adaptation. These results support the notion that the hippocampus computes domain-general, multidimensional cognitive maps along continuous dimensions.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2018-12-132018-06-122019-02-142019-03-212019-04-01
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.02.035
PMID: 30905602
Other: Epub 2019
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Grant ID : NWO-Gravitation 024-001-006
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Funding organization : Kavli Foundation
Project name : Cognitive Geometry: Deciphering neural concept spaces and engineering knowledge to empower smart brains in a smart society / GEOCOG
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Funding organization : The Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits
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Title: Current Biology
  Other : Curr. Biol.
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Publ. Info: London, UK : Cell Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 29 (7) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1226 - 1231.e3 Identifier: ISSN: 0960-9822
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925579107