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Nobel Prize Medicine 2014 awarded to Psychologists!

7 Oct 2014

The three psychologists have discovered a positioning system, an “inner GPS” in the brain that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function.

Robert Roe, President of the European Federation of Psychologists Associations EFPA pays tribute to UK based researcher John O'Keefe and Norwegians wife and husband May‐Britt and Edvard Moser from the University of Trondheim – all psychologists - for winning this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for discovering an inner GPS in the brain.

O'Keefe's pioneering work in 1971 was confirmed a generation later, in 2005, by the Mosers, making a considerable contribution to behavioural science.

This year´s Nobel Laureates receive the prize for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. The three psychologists have discovered a positioning system, an “inner GPS” in the brain that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function. They discovered how the brain knows where we are and is able to navigate from one place to another. Their findings may help explain why Alzheimer's disease patients cannot recognise their surroundings.

‘The discoveries have solved a problem that has occupied philosophers and scientists for centuries’, the Nobel Assembly said.

Roe is happy with the recognition of the work of the three laureates but also of the field of neuroscience.

‘Neuroscience has during the last two decades contributed substantially to our understanding of human functioning and pathology. We are all happy to notice that psychology plays a major role. On behalf of our 36 national member associations and 10 European Associates over Europe, I congratulate these eminent psychologists’, Roe says.

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2014/press.html

http://www.nature.com/news/neuroscience-brains-of-norway-1.16079

 

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