The Molecular Mechanisms Of Spatial Brain Mapping: A Sense Of Place

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : August 27, 2022

Scientists at the University of California have made significant advancements in neurological research. They have discovered that the human brain is based upon the functioning of molecular mechanisms and these molecular mechanisms help to underlie the spatial mapping in the brain. According to this research, it has also been brought forward that there is a specific gene inside the human brain. 

The name of this gene is Fos. It helps to play an essential role in assisting the brain to use the specified navigation cells. These specific navigation cells also allow us to understand and maintain spatial maps. As a part of the finding, it has also been reported that this is all connected with the ability of the brain to develop memories. 

The Molecular Mechanisms That Underlie Spatial Mapping In The Brain

This feature of spatial mapping includes an effective utilization of technology. This technology gives a boost to memory.

This memory has to be integrated with the neuron cluster inside the cells. This is all helpful in order to obtain a better result in terms of memory development over a period of time.

The Molecular Mechanisms Of Spatial Brain Mapping

That is why it is essential to note that the functioning of the brain should be crucially monitored for long-term efficiency and for noting the way in which the process has been noted. 

Utility of this research

As a part of this study, it has also been brought forward that a direct link and connection exist between the molecules and different types of circuits for behavior and memory purposes. All of this is nothing but evidence of the fact that human beings record a lot of information, and this information is stored inside the brain for a very long period. 

The only way through which the GPS functioning of the brain would be affected is the injury. The development of maps and spatial coding in the brain is dependent on the strength of neurons. These neurons function in a very active manner otherwise.

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Concept of memory maps

It has also been reported that a memory map is based upon a hidden protein inside the brain known as the hippocampus. It helps to learn and record memories inside the brain and keeps them intact over time. It is usually affected by internal and external circumstances of the environment. Accordingly, the cells’ health determines how the memory’s strength would be decided. 

In such a situation, most scientists try to experiment with understanding the relationship between the hippocampus and fos. Both are essential transcription factors that help regulate the functioning of the brain when it comes to memory and the creation of maps. This concept of the memory map is linked with the interaction between different proteins and enzymes and how the brain collates these molecules in order to form a map.

Future development of conduct

The researchers have also worked on the destruction of these spatial maps inside the brain. According to the research, if the brain develops any kind of neurosurgery, then the risk of these maps getting vanished basically increased. The molecule gets damaged and hence the GPS functioning of the brain usually gets affected.


The research which brings forth the discovery of a molecule inside humans has to be conducted in the favor of better efficiency. The molecule is responsible for noting down all kinds of spatial maps. These maps are crucial for recording vital information inside the brain. This is a very useful discovery and competency can be achieved via this process to the core. Such prospects are known to be useful.


🔵National Library Of Medicine (n.d) Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Plasticity Underlying Long-Term Memory Formation (Available Online):

🔵Science Direct (n.d) A Review of the Molecular Mechanisms of Traumatic Brain Injury (Available Online):

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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