Jennifer Groh

Knowing One’s Place: Space and the Brain is based on an in-depth, filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Jennifer Groh, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. After an inspiring story about how she became interested in neuroscience, this thoughtful conversation examines Jennifer Groh’s extensive research on how the brain combines various streams of sensory input to determine where things are, together with the corresponding implications for a wide range of issues, from neuroplasticity to evolutionary mechanisms, and more.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Framing Evolution, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. From Ticks to Brains – Becoming a neuroscientist
  2. Historical Background – On the shoulders of giants
  3. Frames of Reference – Integrating sensory systems
  4. Mysterious Overlap – Fitting the pieces together
  5. Smell – An overlooked sense?
  6. Brain Maps – Making a picture
  7. Ice Cream Cones and Multiplexing – Same neurons, different functions?
  8. Navigating Rats – Place fields and memory
  9. Neuroplasticity – Phantom limbs, cochlear implants and feedback
  10. Evolutionary Mechanisms? – Repeat performance?
  11. The Road Ahead – Testing neurons for contrast



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Knowing One’s Place: Space and the Brain This book is also available as part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow Collection, Conversations About Neuroscience, which is available in both paperback and electronic format.


We’ve produced a one-hour video of our conversation with Jennifer Groh which is available on Vimeo On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/knowingonesplace