cognitive space

An immersive first-person navigation task for abstract knowledge acquisition

Advances in virtual reality (VR) technology have greatly benefited spatial navigation research. By presenting space in a controlled manner, changing aspects of the environment one at a time or manipulating the gain from different sensory inputs, the …

New paper in Scientific Reports

Our new paper on learning to physically navigate an abstract quantity space is now published in Scientific Reports.

Piecing together cognitive maps one dimension at a time

In this issue of Neuron, Park et al. (2020) show that the brain forms unified cognitive maps of relational knowledge. The hippocampal-entorhinal region and medial prefrontal cortices spontaneously combine multiple, distinct rank orders to …

The spontaneous formation of two-dimensional cognitive maps: Preview in Neuron

I had the pleasure of writing a Preview for Neuron for a recent paper by Erie Boorman’s group. It’s out now!

New preprint on bioRxiv

Our new preprint on learning to physically navigate an abstract quantity space is now on bioRxiv.

An immersive first-person navigation task for abstract knowledge acquisition

Advances in virtual reality (VR) technology have greatly benefited spatial navigation research. By presenting space in a controlled manner, changing aspects of the environment one at a time or manipulating the gain from different sensory inputs, the …

PhD thesis defended!

Today I defended my PhD thesis.

German summary of research on cognitive spaces

Magazine article in Gehirn & Geist [German].

PhD Thesis Defense

Hippocampal-entorhinal codes for space, time and cognition How do we remember important events? Focusing on episodic memory, I explored the idea that coding principles discovered in spatial navigation research are shared across cognitive domains. The hippocampal-entorhinal region might support our memory through the mapping of cognitive spaces; allowing us to remember where and when events occurred. Cognitive maps stored in memory can guide behavior through the simulation of possible future trajectories.

Hippocampal-entorhinal codes for space, time and cognition