Head-direction systems function as a compass. Neurons involved in these systems increase their firing rates when the head is pointed in a particular direction. Firing is also influenced by the angular velocity of head momentum. Head-direction information is viewed as a key part of the brain’s navigation system, and is also important for the development of grid cells in the entorhinal cortex.
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A local anchor for the brain’s compass Martin J. Chadwick & Hugo J. Spiers, University College London, based on Marchette et al (2014) :: Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 17, No. 11, November 2014 :: www.nature.com/neuro Summary and review of the above article INTRODUCTION: This study looks at neurons dealing with head direction and also location that are centred on the medial parietal cortex. However, it is admitted that both these neurons and the better known place cells provided only Read more […]