RTG 2175 Perception in Context and its neural Basis

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TP Leibold/Grothe: Hippocampal signals of sound location

PhD student Ekaterina Sytnik:

"The hippocampus has been at the forefront of neuroscience research for more than half a century. Its unique laminar structure and well-defined circuitry make it an attractive target for both in vivo and in vitro experiments. Studies in human and rodent subjects spawned in two largely divergent literature: the former emphasizes the mnemonic aspect, while the latter focuses on the spatial navigation function. Several recent reports hinted at the potential nonspatial function of the rodent hippocampus. The goal of my project is to understand how the hippocampus constructs the representation of sound location, which the animal uses to solve an ethologically relevant cognitive task. To this end, I perform in vivo electrophysiological recordings in awake behaving gerbils."