Paul Dudchenko

Lab Members
Bruce Harland (Postdoc)
Roddy Grieve (PhD student)



Dr. Paul Dudchenko
(University of Stirling)
Tel: +44(0) 131 650 3531


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Research Interests
My research interest is in the neural bases of learning, memory and spatial cognition. To address this interest, I use the technique of single-neuron electrophysiological recording, in combination with creative behavioural tasks in the rodent.   A particular focus is on head-direction and grid cells, and their relationship to navigation and spatial memory.

My primary teaching responsibilities are at the University of Stirling.  However, my laboratory is located within CCNS, and our current focus is on how place cells encode boundaries and tasks, and how the head direction cell system influences the grid cell system.

Key Publications
Bett, D, Stevenson, CH, Shires, KL, Smith, MT, Martin, SJ, Dudchenko, PA and Wood, ER. (2013) The postsubiculum and spatial learning: the role of postsubicular synaptic activity and synaptic plasticity in hippocampal place cell-, object- and object-location memory.  The Journal of Neuroscience, 33: 6928-6943.  (Dudchenko and Wood joint senior authors)
Grieves, RM and Dudchenko, PA. (2013) Cognitive maps and spatial inference in animals: rats fail to take a novel shortcut, but can take a previously experienced one.  Learning and Motivation 44: 81-92.
Dudchenko, PA, Talpos, J, Young, J and Baxter, M. (2012) Animal models of working memory: a review of tasks that might be used in screening drug treatments for the memory impairments found in schizophrenia.  Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 37: 2111-2124.
Ainge, JA, Tamosiunaite, M, Worgoter, F and Dudchenko, PA. (2012) Hippocampal place cells encode intended destination, and not a discriminative stimulus, in a conditional T-maze task.  Hippocampus, 22: 534-543. DOI: 10.1002/hipo.20919
Bett, D, Wood, ER and Dudchenko, PA. (2012) The postsubiculum is necessary for spatial alternation, but not for homing by path integration.  Behavioral Neuroscience, 126: 237-248.
Dudchenko, PA. (2010) Why people get lost: the psychology and neuroscience of spatial cognition.  Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Funding Sources
Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) Project Grant; Human Frontiers Science Program  

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