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Name: A Model of a Grid Cell
ID: m22377
Language: English (en)
Summary: The brain has the ability to build an internal map of its environment, and an active area of research concerns understanding how the brain performs this important function. One type of cell believed to play a vital role is known as a grid cell. Many experiments are being performed in which the researcher records the firing patterns of grid cells as a rat explores an environment, and it is often necessary to simulate these experiments. This module explains how to set the grid, simulate the rat's motion, calculate the rat's distance to the grid, and determine the firing pattern of a grid cell.
Subject: Mathematics and Statistics, Science and Technology
Keywords: computational neuroscience, grid cell, hippocampus, medial entorhinal cortex, spatial representation
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: Kathryn Ward (, Steven J. Cox (
Copyright Holders: Kathryn Ward (
Maintainers: Kathryn Ward (

Latest version: 1.1 (history)
First publication date: Apr 22, 2009 1:36 pm +0000
Last revision to module: Apr 23, 2009 1:51 pm +0000


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Version: 1.1 Apr 23, 2009 1:51 pm +0000 by Kathryn Ward
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