Hippocampal lesions and path integration

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1997 Apr;7(2):228-34. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(97)80011-6.


Research on spatial problem-solving over the past two years has linked the hippocampus to path integration, that is, the use of movement-related cues to guide spatial behavior. Path integration may underlie the forms of place learning that are impaired by hippocampal damage. It remains a challenge to determine whether path integration is the central function of the hippocampus or but one of many.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Hippocampus / physiology*
  • Learning / physiology
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Spatial Behavior / physiology*