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Abstract knowledge gets concrete in the hippocampus

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Nieh, Schottdorf, and colleagues (Nature, 595, 80-84, 2021) recently showed that hippocampal neurons of mice form a low-dimensional representation that integrates concrete and abstract task information. The reported findings confirm a long-standing prediction regarding the nature of the cognitive map and potentially offer a tantalizing glimpse of the cognitive map itself.

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Newman, E.L. Abstract knowledge gets concrete in the hippocampus. Learn Behav 49, 345–346 (2021). https://doi.org/10.3758/s13420-021-00487-0

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Keywords

  • Acquisition
  • Concept learning