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The development of spatial relational memory in children.

Applicant Banta Lavenex Pamela
Number 128996
Funding scheme Marie Heim-Voegtlin grants
Research institution Unité de Physiologie Département de Médecine Université de Fribourg
Institution of higher education University of Fribourg - FR
Main discipline Neurophysiology and Brain Research
Start/End 01.01.2010 - 31.12.2010
Approved amount 88'114.00
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Keywords (5)

memory; children; development; hippocampus; space

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
The acquisition of episodic memory, the memory for events that happen in a unique spatiotemporal context, is dependent on the hippocampal formation in adult humans. Still, our understanding of the specific neural circuits underlying episodic memory, and our knowledge of how these systems develop, is very much incomplete. For instance, the emergence of allocentric spatial relational memory, a fundamental component of episodic memory, has not been characterized. Here, I propose to investigate the development of allocentric spatial relational memory in young (2-6-year-old) children. Specifically, I will characterize the ability of children to use spatial and non-spatial relational information to navigate in a real-world open-field environment. My findings will thus 1) allow me to infer the relative maturity of different cognitive functions supported by the hippocampus, and 2) further our understanding of the normal development of spatial relational memory, a fundamental component of human episodic memory.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

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Publications

Publication
No association between ApoE polymorphism and febrile seizures.
Lavenex Pierre, Lavenex Pamela Banta, Cachat François, Gehri Mario, Juvet Typhaine (2016), No association between ApoE polymorphism and febrile seizures., in Neurological sciences : official journal of the Italian Neurological Society and of the Italian Soci, 37(1), 31-6.
Allocentric spatial learning and memory deficits in Down syndrome
Lavenex Pamela Banta, Bostelmann Mathilde, Brandner Catherine, Costanzo Floriana, Fragniere Emilie, Klencklen Giuliana, Lavenex Pierre, Menghini Deny, Vicari Stefano (2015), Allocentric spatial learning and memory deficits in Down syndrome, in FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 6, 1-17.
Commentary: The ontogeny of human memory: Where are we going?
Lavenex Pamela Banta, Lavenex Pierre (2015), Commentary: The ontogeny of human memory: Where are we going?, in INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT, 39(4), 308-309.
Human short-term spatial memory: Precision predicts capacity
Lavenex Pamela Banta, Boujon Valerie, Ndarugendamwo Angelique, Lavenex Pierre (2015), Human short-term spatial memory: Precision predicts capacity, in COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, 77, 1-19.
Improvement of allocentric spatial memory resolution in children from 2 to 4 years of age
Lambert Farfalla Ribordy, Lavenex Pierre, Lavenex Pamela Banta (2015), Improvement of allocentric spatial memory resolution in children from 2 to 4 years of age, in INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT, 39(4), 318-331.
The human hippocampus beyond the cognitive map: evidence from a densely amnesic patient
Banta Lavenex Pamela, Colombo Françoise, Ribordy Lambert Farfalla, Lavenex Pierre (2014), The human hippocampus beyond the cognitive map: evidence from a densely amnesic patient, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 1-18.
Building hippocampal circuits to learn and remember: insights into the development of human memory.
Lavenex Pierre, Banta Lavenex Pamela (2013), Building hippocampal circuits to learn and remember: insights into the development of human memory., in Behavioural brain research, 254, 8-21.
Development of allocentric spatial memory abilities in children from 18 months to 5 years of age.
Ribordy Farfalla, Jabès Adeline, Banta Lavenex Pamela, Lavenex Pierre (2013), Development of allocentric spatial memory abilities in children from 18 months to 5 years of age., in Cognitive psychology, 66(1), 1-29.
What animals can teach clinicians about the hippocampus
Lavenex Pierre, Lavenex Pierre, Banta Lavenex Pamela, Favre Grégoire (2013), What animals can teach clinicians about the hippocampus, Karger, Basel.
Postnatal development of the amygdala: A stereological study in macaque monkeys.
Chareyron Loïc J, Lavenex Pamela Banta, Amaral David G, Lavenex Pierre (2012), Postnatal development of the amygdala: A stereological study in macaque monkeys., in The Journal of comparative neurology, 520(9), 1965-84.
Postnatal development of the amygdala: a stereological study in rats.
Chareyron Loïc J, Lavenex Pamela Banta, Lavenex Pierre (2012), Postnatal development of the amygdala: a stereological study in rats., in The Journal of comparative neurology, 520(16), 3745-63.
As the world turns: short-term human spatial memory in egocentric and allocentric coordinates.
Banta Lavenex Pamela, Lecci Sandro, Prêtre Vincent, Brandner Catherine, Mazza Christian, Pasquier Jérôme, Lavenex Pierre (2011), As the world turns: short-term human spatial memory in egocentric and allocentric coordinates., in Behavioural brain research, 219(1), 132-41.
Postnatal development of the hippocampal formation: a stereological study in macaque monkeys.
Jabès Adeline, Lavenex Pamela Banta, Amaral David G, Lavenex Pierre (2011), Postnatal development of the hippocampal formation: a stereological study in macaque monkeys., in The Journal of comparative neurology, 519(6), 1051-70.
Stereological analysis of the rat and monkey amygdala.
Chareyron Loïc J, Banta Lavenex Pamela, Amaral David G, Lavenex Pierre (2011), Stereological analysis of the rat and monkey amygdala., in The Journal of comparative neurology, 519(16), 3218-39.
Spatial relational learning and memory abilities do not differ between men and women in a real-world, open-field environment.
Banta Lavenex Pamela, Lavenex Pierre (2010), Spatial relational learning and memory abilities do not differ between men and women in a real-world, open-field environment., in Behavioural brain research, 207(1), 125-37.
Improvement of allocentric spatial memory resolution in children from 2 to 4 years of age.
Ribordy Lambert Farfalla, Lavenex Pierre, Banta Lavenex Pamela, Improvement of allocentric spatial memory resolution in children from 2 to 4 years of age., in International Journal of Behavioral Development.
The "when" and the "where" of single-trial allocentric spatial memory performance in young children: Insights into the development of episodic memory.
Ribordy Lambert Farfalla, Lavenex Pierre, Banta Lavenex Pamela, The "when" and the "where" of single-trial allocentric spatial memory performance in young children: Insights into the development of episodic memory., in Developmental psychobiology.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Professor Stefano Vicari, Department of Neuroscience Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
The Past in the Present - The Making of Memories Talk given at a conference Learning to remember our past: The development of the spatial and temporal components of episodic memory 03.11.2016 EMBL/EMBO Heidelberg, Germany, Germany Banta Lavenex Pamela;
Trisomy 21 Research Society, "Changing Paradigms in Down Syndrome" Talk given at a conference Allocentric spatial learning and memory deficits in Down Syndrome 04.06.2015 Paris, France Banta Lavenex Pamela;
Spring Hippocampal Research Conference Talk given at a conference Development of spatial cognition in monkeys and humans 08.09.2014 Verona June 2009, Italy Banta Lavenex Pamela;
Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center, Temple University Individual talk The development of human spatial memory: a window into childhood amnesia. 18.03.2014 Temple University, United States of America Banta Lavenex Pamela;
Invited Symposium: Eastern Psychological Association Talk given at a conference The development of human spatial memory: a window into childhood amnesia 13.03.2014 Boston, MA, United States of America Banta Lavenex Pamela;
European Conference on Development Psychology Talk given at a conference The development of single-trial allocentric spatial memory in 3.5- to 7-year-old children 07.09.2013 University of Lausanne, Switzerland Banta Lavenex Pamela;
Spring Hippocampal Research Conference Talk given at a conference The development of human spatial memory: a window into childhood amnesia. 07.06.2013 Taormina, Sicily, Italy Banta Lavenex Pamela;
Developmental Neuroscience workshop “Navigation and Spatial Memory in Terrestrial Species” at University College London. Talk given at a conference Allocentric Spatial Memory in Primates 26.11.2012 University College London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Banta Lavenex Pamela;
Spring Hippocampal Research Conference Talk given at a conference Development of spatial relational memory in children 10.06.2011 Verona, Italy Banta Lavenex Pamela;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media Ohne Erinnerung an die frühe Kindheit Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Media relations: radio, television Gros plan sur l’amnesie infantile RTS 1, "CQFD" Western Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Ces souvenirs don’t on ne se souvient pas La Liberté Quotidienne Fribourg Western Switzerland 2011
Talks/events/exhibitions La mémoire de notre enfance—des souvenirs dont on ne se souvient pas? Western Switzerland 2011
Media relations: radio, television La mémoire des petits sous la loupe RTS, "On en parle" Western Switzerland 2011

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
165481 Profiles of spatial abilities in Down and Williams syndromes 01.10.2016 Project funding
122844 The development of spatial relational memory in children. 01.01.2009 Marie Heim-Voegtlin grants

Abstract

The acquisition of episodic memory, the memory for events that happen in a unique spatiotemporal context, is dependent on the hippocampal formation in adult humans. Still, our understanding of the specific neural circuits underlying episodic memory, and our knowledge of how these systems develop, is very much incomplete. For instance, the emergence of allocentric spatial relational memory, a fundamental component of episodic memory, has not been characterized. Here, I propose to investigate the development of allocentric spatial relational memory in young (2-6-year-old) children. Specifically, I will characterize the ability of children to use spatial and non-spatial relational information to navigate in a real-world open-field environment. My findings will thus 1) allow me to infer the relative maturity of different cognitive functions supported by the hippocampus, and 2) further our understanding of the normal development of spatial relational memory, a fundamental component of human episodic memory.
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