Assistant Professor of Psychology Derek Huffman has coauthored a new paper, which will appear in the February issue of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

“In our paper, we review recent research that has studied how body-based cues contribute to how we learn and remember the locations of landmarks within large-scale environments, such as cities,” Huffman explained. The article also discussed limitations of the most commonly used laboratory tasks (rats in a small environment with limited behavioral demands) to study the neuroscience of navigation, furthering the understanding of spatial memory in humans and non-human animals. “Specifically, we argue that we should develop behavioral tasks and measures of the brain that allow us to study navigation under more naturalistic conditions.”