Sunday, November 13, 2011

Your Brain's GPS

Yes, it apparently has one. Studies by Ruhr University neuroscientists using mice have shown that the cerebellum contributes to a cognitive map of the environment that is created in the hippocampus. It does this through the integration of multisensory inputs combining external information (such as visual, auditory, olfactory and tactile cues) and inputs generated by self-motion (optic flow, proprioceptive, and vestibular information). This all contributes to helping you navigate successfully in a given environment.

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