The hippocampus and memory: a comparative and ethological perspective

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2000 Dec;10(6):768-73. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(00)00148-3.


During the past year, considerable progress has been made in our understanding of the wide-ranging functions of the hippocampus. Highlights include the development of new tasks with which to assess spatial/topographic memory in humans and monkeys, novel tests of relational memory in rats, and episodic-like memory tasks in birds. In addition, novel theories of hippocampal function have been developed that are notable for their applicability to both humans and animal models.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology*
  • Hippocampus / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology*
  • Space Perception / physiology