In this chapter, we explored hip-pocampal function in more detail, drawing specific examples from the literature for each of the four broad categories of cognition in which the hippocampus participates—space, time, multimodal associations, and memory consolidation. This outline of the complexities of hip-pocampal function prepares us for the next chapter, where we will begin to dissect the hippocampal synaptic circuit and its cellular physiology. This will allow us to begin to understand how the hippocampus achieves its various functions as a signal integrator and as a transient cellular memory store for subsequent downloading of information to the longer-term storage areas of the cortex.
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