Modelling Grid Cells, Place Cells, and the Subconscious GPS

Speaker: 
Alan Manning
Event Date and Time: 
Fri, 2012-06-22 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 318
Local Contact: 
Jared Stang
Intended Audience: 
Graduate

 

Go into a room, close your eyes, and walk around without touching anything. How do you know when you are about to bump into something? How do you know how far you've traveled? We clearly possess a subconscious spatial map of our environment and location and can use it without the aide of sight. In this talk I will explain how this map is created using Grid Cells and Place Cells and present a model of their firing based on oscillator interference.
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