The bouncer in the brain

How do you keep orientation in a complex environment, like the city of Vienna? You can thank your brain’s „global positioning system“ (GPS), the hippocampus, for this sense of orientation. To further understand its functions, scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) analyzed single neurons of this GPS in mice. They discovered that so-called granule cells filter and sharpen spatial information. The researchers recently published their findings in Neuron.

Quelle: IDW Informationsdienst Wissenschaft