Research Topic

The hippocampus: Beyond recognition memory

  • Submission closed.

About this Research Topic

The hippocampus has long been appreciated as crucial for long-term memory processes, and both neuropsychological studies and neuroimaging studies have placed particular emphasis on the role of the hippocampus in recognition memory. However, an impressive body of recent evidence suggests a crucial role for the ...

The hippocampus has long been appreciated as crucial for long-term memory processes, and both neuropsychological studies and neuroimaging studies have placed particular emphasis on the role of the hippocampus in recognition memory. However, an impressive body of recent evidence suggests a crucial role for the hippocampus in a multitude of disparate tasks and functions beyond the standard definition of long-term memory and the recognition memory tasks with which hippocampal-dependent performance has so often been measured. The list includes everything from aspects of visual perception, language processing, and problem solving, to neuropsychiatric disorder, motivation, and more. So broad is the range of domains with which the hippocampus has recently been associated that one might wonder: “What does the hippocampus NOT do!” But, this hippocampal promiscuity is in stark contrast to the relatively small set of neurocomputational and neurobiological mechanisms typically ascribed to the hippocampus, including, for example, pattern separation and relational binding. In this Research Topic, researchers who examine hippocampal function in a variety of experimental circumstances attempt to document the range of hippocampal functionalities and to explicate how the hippocampus contributes to the wide variety of tasks that suffer due to its damage. By juxtaposing the various cognitive and behavioral phenomena related to hippocampal function, as well as various accounts of how and why the hippocampus is important for these disparate phenomena, we hope to advance overarching frameworks for hippocampal function. These frameworks must be broad enough to explain why the hippocampus is crucial for so much, yet finely tuned enough to honor the widely accepted functional specializations of the hippocampus. Striking this balance is no easy task, and this collection of articles will serve as a critical and formative step in this endeavor.


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Recent Articles

Loading..

About Frontiers Research Topics

With their unique mixes of varied contributions from Original Research to Review Articles, Research Topics unify the most influential researchers, the latest key findings and historical advances in a hot research area! Find out more on how to host your own Frontiers Research Topic or contribute to one as an author.

Topic Editors

Loading..

Submission Deadlines

Submission closed.

Participating Journals

Loading..

Topic Editors

Loading..

Submission Deadlines

Submission closed.

Participating Journals

Loading..
Loading..

total views article views article downloads topic views

}
 
Top countries
Top referring sites
Loading..

Comments

Loading..

Add a comment

Add comment
Back to top