Neural encoding of complex space


  • Prof Kate Jeffery

    University College London

Project summary

Humans and animals are remarkably good at moving through a complex and ever-changing world. Professor Jeffery explores how the brain integrates different forms of sensory information to make spatial navigation possible. Professor Jeffery aims to investigate how neurons in the brain represent large areas of previously explored space. Prior work has shown that several classes of neurons communicate and store information about our immediate surroundings. Professor Jeffery will test the hypothesis that these local representations of space are connected in the brain to form a master map of our world, utilised for navigation beyond local environments. The work could significantly increase our understanding of the neural basis of spatial navigation, while also providing insight into disorders of orientation and spatial memory.