Navigational path integration by cortical neurons: Origins in higher-order direction selectivity

William K. Page, Nobuya Sato, Michael T. Froehler, William Vaughn, Charles J. Duffy

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Navigation relies on the neural processing of sensory cues about observer selfmovement and spatial location. Neurons in macaque dorsal medial superior temporal cortex (MSTd) respond to visual and vestibular self-movement cues, potentially contributing to navigation and orientation. We moved monkeys on circular paths around a room while recording the activity of MSTd neurons. MSTd neurons show a variety of sensitivities to the monkey’s heading direction, circular path through the room, and place in the room. Changing visual cues alters the relative prevalence of those response properties. Disrupting the continuity of self-movement paths through the environment disrupts path selectivity in a manner linked to the time course of single neuron responses. We hypothesize that sensory cues interact with the spatial and temporal integrative properties of MSTd neurons to derive path selectivity for navigational path integration supporting spatial orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1896-1906
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of neurophysiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 15 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience
  • Physiology


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