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Cerebellum and spatial cognition: A connectionist approach

Summary: Cerebellum and spatial cognition:
A connectionist approach
Jean-Baptiste Passot1,2
, Laure Rondi-Reig1,2
, and Angelo Arleo1,2
1- UPMC Univ Paris 6, UMR 7102, F-75005 Paris, France
2- CNRS, UMR 7102, F-75005 Paris, France
Abstract. A large body of experimental and theoretical work has investigated the
role of the cerebellum in adaptive motor control, movement coordination, and
Pavlovian conditioning. Recent experimental findings have also begun to unravel
the implication of the cerebellum in high-level functions such as spatial cognition.
We focus on behavioural genetic data suggesting that cerebellar long-term
plasticity may mediate the procedural component of spatial learning. We present a
spiking neural network model of the cerebellar microcomplex that reproduces
these experimental findings. The model brings forth a prediction on the interaction
between the neural substrates of procedural and declarative spatial learning.
1 Introduction
Complementing the extensive research on declarative spatial memory (which
concerns the ability to learn abstract contextual representations), another class of
works has investigated the procedural component of spatial cognition, which involves


Source: Arleo, Angelo - Laboratory of Neurobiology of Adaptive Processes, Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, Paris 6


Collections: Biology and Medicine