Nucleus reuniens of the thalamus contains head direction cells

Maciej M. Jankowski, Md Nurul Islam, Nicholas F. Wright, Seralynne D. Vann, Jonathan T. Erichsen, John P. Aggleton, Shane M. O'Mara*

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Discrete populations of brain cells signal heading direction, rather like a compass. These ‘head direction’ cells are largely confined to a closely-connected network of sites. We describe, for the first time, a population of head direction cells in nucleus reuniens of the thalamus in the freely-moving rat. This novel subcortical head direction signal potentially modulates the hippocampal CA fields directly and, thus, informs spatial processing and memory.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numbere03075
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
Issue numberJuly2014
StatePublished - 14 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

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