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Science Seminar: Hannah Ford Senior Thesis Presentation


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Place cells and grid cells are located in the mammalian hippocampus and entorhinal cortex, respectively, and are responsible for integrating spatial information used to navigate space. These cells are theorized to map to each other to give a more detailed representation of an environment and assist in helping an animal navigate through space, as proposed through a model of synaptic weight. The different pieces of the model noted in Monslave-Mercado and Leibold 2017, have been used to explore the relationship between the firing field of a place cell and the nodes of the grid field. This model, in accordance with simulations, demonstrates how place cells map to grid cells to form the hexagonal firing field that each grid cell produces when it fires.