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Navigating cognition: Spatial codes for human thinking

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Science  09 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6415, eaat6766
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat6766

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A framework for cognitive spaces

Ever since Tolman's proposal of cognitive maps in the 1940s, the question of how spatial representations support flexible behavior has been a contentious topic. Bellmund et al. review and combine concepts from cognitive science and philosophy with findings from neurophysiology of spatial navigation in rodents to propose a framework for cognitive neuroscience. They argue that spatial-processing principles in the hippocampalentorhinal region provide a geometric code to map information domains of cognitive spaces for high-level cognition and discuss recent evidence for this proposal.

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