NAC for Space

Rats are experts at navigating the physical world. The ability to do so relies on spatial perception, and often, memory for representations of physical space.  In the NAC lab we explore the possibility that rats might represent abstract concepts in “mental space” using similar mechanisms as those used to perceive real (external) space. We are currently examining the extent to which the Posterior Parietal Cortex (PPC) is involved in these abilities.