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Dartmouth College Researchers Explore How the Brain Perceives Direction and Location



10/22/2012 7:51:35 AM

The Who asked "who are you?" but Dartmouth neurobiologist Jeffrey Taube asks "where are you?" and "where are you going?" Taube is not asking philosophical or theological questions. Rather, he is investigating nerve cells in the brain that function in establishing one's location and direction. Taube, a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, is using microelectrodes to record the activity of cells in a rat's brain that make possible spatial navigation -- how the rat gets from one place to another -- from "here" to "there." But before embarking to go "there," you must first define "here."

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