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Scenes, Spaces, and Memory Traces: What Does the Hippocampus Do?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sinead MullallyORCiD



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The hippocampus is one of the most closely scrutinized brain structures in neuroscience. While traditionally associated with memory and spatial cognition, in more recent years it has also been linked with other functions, including aspects of perception and imagining fictitious and future scenes. Efforts continue apace to understand how the hippocampus plays such an apparently wide-ranging role. Here we consider recent developments in the field and in particular studies of patients with bilateral hippocampal damage. We outline some key findings, how they have subsequently been challenged, and consider how to reconcile the disparities that are at the heart of current lively debates in the hippocampal literature.

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Author(s): Maguire EA, Intraub H, Mullally SL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Neuroscientist

Year: 2016

Volume: 22

Issue: 5

Pages: 432-439

Print publication date: 01/10/2016

Online publication date: 14/08/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 14/11/2016

ISSN (print): 1073-8584

ISSN (electronic): 1089-4098

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/1073858415600389


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WT101759Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowship