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Research Article

From Rapid Place Learning to Behavioral Performance: A Key Role for the Intermediate Hippocampus

  • Tobias Bast mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: tobias.bast@nottingham.ac.uk

    Affiliations: Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems (CCNS), School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, School of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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  • Iain A Wilson †,

    † Deceased.

    Affiliation: Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems (CCNS), School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Menno P Witter,

    Affiliations: Centre for the Biology of Memory and Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, VU University medical center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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  • Richard G. M Morris

    Affiliation: Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems (CCNS), School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Published: April 21, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000089

About the Authors

Tobias Bast, Iain A Wilson, Richard G. M Morris
Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems (CCNS), School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Tobias Bast
School of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Menno P Witter
Centre for the Biology of Memory and Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
Menno P Witter
Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, VU University medical center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Corresponding Author

Email: tobias.bast@nottingham.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

TB conceived the overall design of the study, took main responsibility for the behavioral and field-potential experiments, performed all lesions and histological analysis, statistically analyzed the results, and wrote the paper; he also raised funding for the work. IAW took main responsibility for the single-unit experiments, including their design and recording-data analysis, and co-wrote the paper. MPW advised on the anatomical aspects of the work, contributed to the 3D brain reconstructions, and co-wrote the paper. RGMM contributed to the design of the study and co-wrote the paper; he also raised funding for the work.