Prof. Dr. Kate Jeffery, Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London
Central to the process of navigation is the determination of current heading direction (which way one is facing). A surprisingly wide range of brain areas seems to be involved in this apparently simple task. My talk will explore rodent studies of single neurons in this \\\"head direction system\\\" that collect and integrate the sensory information that contributes to forming a stable heading signal. As well as being important for wayfinding, the head direction system is also a good model system with which to explore neuronal principles of sensory integration and neural plasticity.