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Investigating the cognitive neuroscience of learning, memory, and decision-making

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ALEIX ALCACER SALES

Visiting PhD Student

Computational models of memory-guided fictive planning

RAPHAEL KAPLAN

CIDEGENT Principal Investigator at Universitat Jaume I 

Behavioral, computational, & neuroimaging investigation of memory and decision-making systems.  Focusing on how map-like learning mechanisms could be a widespread phenomenon in the brain beyond spatial cognition.

DÖRTE KUHRT

PhD Student at Kavli Institute
(co-supervised by Christian Doeller)

Transfer of learning between spatial and non-spatial domains

IGNACIO POLTI

PhD Student at Kavli Institute
(co-supervised by Christian Doeller)

Role of temporal coding in human episodic and spatial memory

MARIACHIARA

ESPOSITO

PhD Student at Universitat Jaume I

Boundary and reference point use in memory-guided decision making

MARTA RODRIGUEZ ARAMENDIA

PhD Student at Universitat Jaume I

Relating social and spatial anchoring biases

LUBNA  ABDUL PARVEEN

  Please send a message to kaplan@uji.es for details about postdoctoral, PhD, research assistant, or other research opportunities in the group.

Neuroscience MSc Student 

Cognitive computational models of cognitive maps

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RESEARCH

EPISODIC MEMORY

We investigate how people use past experience to make decisions, plan for the future, and imagine potential scenarios

USING COGNITIVE MAPS IN MEMORY & DECISION-MAKING

We build on the Nobel Prize winning discovery of spatially modulated neurons in the hippocampal formation to investigate how such neural computations can inform memory and decision-making in other domains

PERSPECTIVE-TAKING IN SOCIAL AND SPATIAL COGNITION

We study how ‘map-like’ coding of decision variables may inform learning by providing coordinates and boundaries that can be translated between different frames of reference

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PUBLICATIONS

Please see Raphael Kaplan's Google Scholar page for copies of some of our publications

I Polti#, M Nau#, R Kaplan, V Van Wassenhove, CF Doeller (2022) Rapid encoding of task regularities in the human hippocampus guides sensorimotor timing. eLife, Nov 1;11:e79027. https://elifesciences.org/articles/79027 #=equal contribution

S Arzy & R Kaplan (2022) Transforming social perspectives with cognitive maps. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

D Kuhrt#, N St. John#, JS Bellmund*, R Kaplan*, CF Doeller* (2021)  An immersive first-person navigation task for abstract knowledge acquisition. Scientific Reports, 11(1):5612.                                                                     *=jointly supervised work.

R Kaplan, A Tauste Campo, D Bush, J King, A Principe, R Koster, M Ley-Nacher, R Rocamora, KJ Friston (2020) Human hippocampal theta oscillations reflect sequential dependencies during spatial planning. Cognitive Neuroscience, 11(3):122-31.

RA Adams#, D Bush#, F Zhen#, SS Meyer, R Kaplan, S Orfanos, TR Marques, O Howes, N Burgess (2020) Impaired theta phase coupling underlies frontotemporal dysconnectivity in schizophrenia. Brain, 143(4):1261-77.

R Kaplan & KJ Friston (2019) Entorhinal transformations in abstract frames of reference. PLoS Biology, 17(5): e3000230.

R Kaplan & KJ Friston (2018) Planning and navigation as active inference. Biological Cybernetics, 112:323-342

R Kaplan, J King, R Koster, WD Penny, N Burgess, & KJ Friston (2017) The neural representation of prospective choice during spatial planning and decisions. PLoS Biology, 15:e1002588.

R Kaplan#, NW Schuck#, CF Doeller (2017) The role of mental maps in decision-making. Trends Neurosci, 40:256-259

R Kaplan#, D Bush#, J Bisby, AJ Horner, SS Meyer, & N Burgess (2017) Medial prefrontal-medial temporal theta phase coupling in dynamic spatial imagery. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29(3):507-519.

R Kaplan, MH Adhikari, R Hindriks, D Mantini, Y Murayama, NK Logothetis, & G Deco (2016) Hippocampal sharp-wave ripples influence selective activation of the default mode network. Current Biology, 26(5):686-91.
 
Preview article by M Walker & E Robertson (2016) Current Biology 26(6):239-41

R Kaplan (2014) Endogenous fMRI default mode network fluctuations both positively and negatively correlate with individual transfer of learning. Front Syst Neurosci, 8:229.

R Kaplan, AJ Horner, PA Bandettini, CF Doeller, & N Burgess (2014) Human hippocampal processing of environmental novelty during spatial navigation. Hippocampus, 24(7):740-50.

R Kaplan#, DR Bush#, M Bonnefond, PA Bandettini, GR Barnes, CF Doeller, & N Burgess (2014) Medial prefrontal theta phase coordination during spatial memory retrieval. Hippocampus, 24(6):656-65.

R Kaplan, CF Doeller, GR Barnes, V Litvak, E Duzel, PA Bandettini, & N Burgess (2012) Movement-related theta rhythm in humans: coordinating self-directed hippocampal learning. PLoS Biology, 10(2):e1001267

BR Cornwell, SC Muller, R Kaplan, C Grillon, & M Ernst (2012) Anxiety, a benefit and a detriment to cognition: Behavioral and magnetoencephalographic evidence from a mixed-saccade task. Brain & Cognition, 78(3):257-67

CF Doeller & R Kaplan (2011) Parahippocampal Cortex: translating vision into space. Current Biology, 21:589-91

BR Cornwell, RP Alvarez, S Lissek, R Kaplan, M Ernst, & C Grillon (2011) Anxiety overrides the blocking effects of high perceptual load on amygdala reactivity to threat-related distractors. Neuropsychologia, 5:1363-8.

RP Alvarez, G Chen, J Bodurka, R Kaplan, & C Grillon (2011) Phasic and sustained fear in humans elicits distinct patterns of brain activity. NeuroImage, 55: 389-400.




 

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