Animal-to-Animal Variability in Partial Hippocampal Remapping in Repeated Environments

TitleAnimal-to-Animal Variability in Partial Hippocampal Remapping in Repeated Environments
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsNilchian, P, Wilson, MA, Sanders, H
JournalThe Journal of Neuroscience
Pagination5268 - 5280
Date Published06/2022
Keywordscontext, hippocampus, interindividual variability, overdispersion, place cell, remapping

Hippocampal place cells form a map of the environment of an animal. Changes in the hippocampal map can be brought about in a number of ways, including changes to the environment, task, internal state of the subject, and the passage of time. These changes in the hippocampal map have been called remapping. In this study, we examine remapping during repeated exposure to the same environment. Different animals can have different remapping responses to the same changes. This variability across animals in remapping behavior is not well understood. In this work, we analyzed electrophysiological recordings from the CA3 region of the hippocampus performed by Alme et al. (2014), in which five male rats were exposed to 11 different environments, including a variety of repetitions of those environments. To compare the hippocampal maps between two experiences, we computed average rate map correlation coefficients. We found changes in the hippocampal maps between different sessions in the same environment. These changes consisted of partial remapping, a form of remap- ping in which some place cells maintain their place fields, whereas other place cells remap their place fields. Each animal exhibited partial remapping differently. We discovered that the heterogeneity in hippocampal representational changes across animals is structured; individual animals had consistently different levels of partial remapping across a range of independent comparisons. Our findings highlight that partial hippocampal remapping between repeated environments depends on animal- specific factors.

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