2010 | United States | Lab Footage

Rat Dreams

  • 1 mins
  • Director | Fabian Kloosterman, Matthew Wilson

Listen to the hippocampal neurons of rat as it dreams and awakes from its deepest thoughts. As it comes out of its dream state, the rats 'place cells' are active in distinct locations (place fields) while a rat runs along a track.

These place cells were first discovered in the brain, and specifically in the hippocampus, by O'Keefe and Dostrovsky (1971). Though the hippocampus plays a role in learning and memory, the existence of place cells within the hippocampus demonstrates the role it plays with spatial adaptation and awareness.

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