The post-natal development of the grid cell continuous attractor network


Grid cells are neurons in the Entorhinal cortex of the rat whose firing is tuned to the position of the animal with multiple firing fields , laid out across the environment in a regular hexagonal lattice. Theoretical models have proposed a 2-dimensional continuous attractor as the network architecture underlying grid cell firing. However, how such a network could be wired up during development remains unknown. This project will use a combination of electrophysiological recording and neural network modeling to discover what are the network mechanisms underlying grid cell development.

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