This chapter gives an overview of the functions of two neighboring cortical areas involved in the hippocampal system: the perirhinal (PER) and postrhinal (POR) cortices. These areas are largely thought of as being important for object memory and visuospatial memory, respectively.
This post is from the first issue of Substrates, a neuroscience magazine from the CUNY Neuroscience Collaborative. The first issue will be online in late January. Up-to-date info can be found at our Facebook or Twitter pages. Enjoy!
By Miguel Briones
Scientific advancement is known to spill over into the general public, but in today’s internet driven media culture, it’s easier than ever for the people to pick up on a scientific trend. Take, for example, the emergence of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) as a way to improve cognitive abilities. tDCS is a form of stimulation that uses a constant, low current that is delivered to a specific brain area using electrodes, and neuroscientists have begun to investigate the effects of low current stimulation in hopes of further understanding brain functioning and possibly use it in therapeutic intervention.