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Mammalian Brain Knows Where It's At
December 5, 2012
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.A new study in the journal Neuron suggests that the brain uses a different region than neuroscientists had thought, to associate objects and locations in the space around an individual. Knowing where this fundamental process occurs could help treat disease and brain injury, as well as inform basic understanding of how the brain supports memory and guides behavior.Full Story
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