Research report 2022 - Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Neural mechanism of navigation simulations
Forschungsgruppe „Schaltkreise für Gedächtnis und Navigation“
SummaryThe brain must create an internal model, a so-called ‘cognitive map’, of its environment in order to successfully navigate to a desired destination. Another purpose of this map is to be able to assess the consequences of a decision in a hypothetical environment that we have not yet experienced in the real world. This may be the basis for our creativity and imagination. It is the goal of our research to understand the neural circuits that underlie our inner thought processes.