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Get Lost Easily? The Cerebellum Is Your Navigation Assistant

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avatar Get Lost Easily? The Cerebellum Is Your Navigation Assistant
November 03, 2011 08:36PM
ScienceDaily (Nov. 3, 2011) — The cerebellum is far more intensively involved in helping us navigate than previously thought. To move and learn effectively in spatial environments our brain, and particularly our hippocampus, creates a "cognitive" map of the environment. The cerebellum contributes to the creation of this map through altering the chemical communication between its neurons. If this ability is inactivated, the brain is no longer able to to create an effective spatial representation and thus navigation in an environment becomes impaired.

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