Navigation in Virtual Space: Psychological and Neural Aspects

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The majority of research into spatial navigation has focused on rodents, often with the assumption that these models apply directly to humans. The development and adaptation of virtual reality technology to experimental psychology, coupled with advances in our ability to record neural activity from the human brain, have provided new information on the neural basis of human navigation. While many of the cognitive and neural mechanisms present in rodents appear to be conserved in humans, our increased reliance on visual input during navigation leads to critical differences in how our brain codes and processes spatial information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780080914558
ISBN (Print)9780080453965
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Allocentric
  • Egocentric
  • Electrophysiology
  • FMRI
  • Hippocampus
  • Lesion
  • Neurophysiology
  • Nonhuman primate
  • Parahippocampal cortex
  • Place cell
  • Retrosplenial cortex
  • Rodent
  • Spatial navigation
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)


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