How does the brain map out an environment?

‘Smellovision’ virtual reality has proven that the brain can form a map of space based solely on smell. How far can virtual reality take us in understanding spatial mapping in a multi-sensory environment? Brad Radvansky received a BSc in Neuroscience and Physics from the University of Pittsburgh (PA, USA) studying electrically-conducting polymers for neural electrode biocompatibility.  He then did his Master’s work on network-level plasticity in cultured neurons at Georgetown University (DC, USA).  Currently, he is pursuing a Neuroscience PhD at Northwestern University (IL, USA) in the lab of Dan Dombeck.  His project involves the development and application of olfactory...

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