Equipe(s) de recherche

Bases neurales de la cognition spatiale


Fédération 3C - Saint Charles

Domaines de recherche

Main research interests

  • Animal cognition
  • Behavioral processes involved in spatial memory and navigation in animals
  • Neural substrates of spatial cognition : hippocampus and neocortical areas
  • Goal-directed behavior
  • Prefrontal cortex and planning
  • Information coding by populations of neurons (e.g., place and head direction cells)
  • and others ...

The Human hippocampus                                                                                                                                               The human hippocampus

Firing rat map of a hippocampal place cell

                                                                                                                                Firing rate map of a hippocampal place cell



Selected publications

(complete list of publications here : Researcherid Account or ORCID Account)

  • Cholvin T, Hok V, Giorgi L, Chaillan F & Poucet B (2018). Ventral midline thalamus is necessary for hippocampal place field stability and cell firing modulation. Journal of Neuroscience, 38, 158 –172. PDF

  • Poucet B & Hok V (2017). Remembering goal locations. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 17C, 51-56. PDF

  • Poucet B, Sargolini F, Song, EY, Hangya B, Fox SE & Muller RU (2014). Independence of landmark and self-motion guided navigation : a different role for grid cells. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 369 : 20130370. PDF

  • Hok V, Chah E, Save E & Poucet B (2013). Prefrontal cortex focally modulates hippocampal place cell firing patterns. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 3443–3451. PDF

  • Rochefort C, Arabo A, André M, Poucet B, Save E & Rondi-Reig L (2011). Cerebellum shapes hippocampal spatial code. Science, 334, 385–389. PDF

  • Alvernhe A, Van Cauter T, Save E & Poucet B (2008). Different CA1 and CA3 representations of novel routes in a shortcut situation. Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 7324–7333. PDF

  • Hok V, Save E, Lenck-Santini PP & Poucet B (2005). Coding for spatial goals in the prelimbic/infralimbic area of the rat frontal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 102, 4602–4607. PDF

  • Poucet B, Lenck-Santini PP, Hok V, Save E, Banquet JP, Gaussier P & Muller RU (2004). Spatial navigation and hippocampal place cell firing : The problem of goal encoding. Reviews in the Neurosciences, 15, 89–107. PDF

  • Lenck-Santini PP, Muller RU, Save E & Poucet B (2002). Relationships between place cell firing fields and navigational decisions by rats. Journal of Neuroscience, 22, 9035–9047. PDF

  • Poucet B & Benhamou S (1997). The neuropsychology of spatial cognition in the rat. Critical Reviews in Neurobiology, 11, 101–120. PDF

  • Granon S & Poucet B (1995). Medial prefrontal lesions in the rat and spatial navigation : Evidence for impaired planning. Behavioral Neuroscience, 109, 474–484. PDF

  • Poucet B (1993). Spatial cognitive maps in animals : New hypotheses on their structure and neural mechanisms. Psychological Review, 100, 163–182. PDF