While commonly implicated in long-term memory, researchers report the hippocampus plays a critical role in short-term memory and decision making.
Researchers have identified three areas of the posterior cerebral cortex that bridge the brain's perception and memory systems.
People are better able to recall the location of high-calorie foods over healthier options. Findings suggest spatial memory may have evolved to prioritize the location of higher-calorie foods.
Memories learned within a distorted coordinated system are also distorted when recalled later.
What you eat may impact your long-term spatial memory. Rats fed a cafeteria-style diet, high in saturated fats and refined carbs, experienced deterioration in spatial memory that was incremental, according to the pattern of access to junk foods.
Vision appears to play a more dominant role than motor movements when it comes to encoding memory of large-scale spaces. The findings address a long-standing debate as to whether or not body movements aid the learning of physical spaces.
Human hookworm infection, even at low levels, can cause rapid, acute and measurable cognitive impairments. Using rodent models, researchers found a link between the parasitic infection and alterations in both the microbiome and cognitive development.
Study reveals the hippocampus may overlay existing mental maps with information about reward and hazard derived from food found in specific locations.
Using augmented reality, researchers discover how rats recalibrate learned relationships between a landmark, speed, distance and time to create a locational 'map' in the brain.
A new mouse study reveals a small cluster of interneurons in the hippocampus help the brain remember the places that matter the most. The findings could have implications for future studies of psychiatric disorders.