This post was co-written with my fellow authors Mark Hurlstone and Graham Hitch.
Today we published an important paper in Cognitive Psychology. The paper is significant because it explains a link between rhythm and memory in terms of a common mechanism that connects speech processing, verbal learning and language development to rhythmic oscillations in brain activity.
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If you are at all interested in how the brain or mind works, for example if you study psychology, neuroscience or philosophy of mind, then you know should about grid cells. I know I said that already about place cells, but they are pretty amazing aren’t they? Well, as amazing as place cells are, grid cells are even more remarkable.
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If you are at all interested in how the brain or mind works, for example if you study psychology, neuroscience or philosophy of mind, then you ought to know about place cells.
Images: Image 1 shows the path of a rat moving around a rectangular box (black line). Red squares show where a place cell fires. Image 2 shows the average firing rate of the cell at each location in the rectangular box – “hotter” colours indicate more rapid firing. Data from O’Keefe lab.
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