About the book
Hippocampus is located within the brain's medial temporal lobe and is encompassed among the limbic system, which regulates emotions. It is one of the most studied parts of the brain for centuries as studies dating back over 400 years.
Functionally, the hippocampus is associated mainly with memory, in particular, long-term memory. Moreover, the organ also plays an important role in the spatial memory that enables navigation (spatial navigation) and is involved in the process of mapping moments in temporally organized experiences (spatial and temporal aspects of memory). However, the hippocampus appears to be a sort of ‘heart of the brain’ and is involved in the regulation of a large number of functions. To this regard, indeed, it has been demonstrated that hippocampal-induced low-frequency activities are the expression of diffuse connectivity to different brain areas.
Hippocampal degeneration is the most obvious feature of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and results in symptoms of deteriorating cognitive functions, olfactory impairments, and emotional deficits. Furthermore, this brain region is involved in other neurological and psychological/psychiatric diseases (e.g., depression).
This book will explore several aspects of the research on the hippocampus and will be a valuable resource for students, clinicians, and researchers who want to learn more about this fascinating field of neuroscience.