Theory of rodent navigation based on interacting representations of space

Hippocampus. 1996;6(3):247-70. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-1063(1996)6:3<247::AID-HIPO4>3.0.CO;2-K.


We present a computational theory of navigation in rodents based on interacting representations of place, head direction, and local view. An associated computer model is able to replicate a variety of behavioral and neurophysiological results from the rodent navigation literature. The theory and model generate predictions that are testable with current technologies.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cues
  • Darkness
  • Head Movements / physiology
  • Hippocampus / cytology
  • Hippocampus / physiology*
  • Models, Neurological*
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Orientation / physiology*
  • Rodentia
  • Space Perception / physiology*
  • Visual Fields / physiology