I have always been interested in how extra-hippocampal brain regions, such as
the mammillary bodies, anterior thalamus, and prefrontal cortex contribute to
spatial memory and navigation. More recently I have been involved in in-vivo
electrophysiological recording studies exploring how head direction, grid, and
place cells relate to each other and contribute to a spatial representation.
My current work involves examining how the dorsal-ventral longitudinal axis of the hippocampus contributes to navigating in complex large-scale space.
Grieves RM, Jenkins BW, Harland BC, Wood ER, Dudchenko PA. (2016) Place field repetition and spatial learning in a multicompartment environment. Hippocampus, 26:118-134
Harland B, Wood ER, Dudchenko PA. (2015) The head direction cell system and behavior: The effects of lesions to the lateral mammillary bodies on spatial memory in a novel landmark task and in the water maze. Behavioral Neuroscience, 129:709-719
Dalrymple-Alford JC, Harland B, Loukavenko EA, Perry B, Mercer S, Collings DA, Ulrich K, Abraham WC, McNaughton N, Wolff M. (2015) Anterior thalamic nuclei lesions and recovery of function: Relevance to cognitive thalamus. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 54:145-160
Harland BC, Collings DA, McNaughton N, Abraham WC, Dalrymple-Alford JC. (2014) Anterior thalamic lesions reduce spine density in both hippocampal CA1 and retrosplenial cortex, but enrichment rescues CA1 spines only. Hippocampus, 24:1232-1247
Harland B, Grieves RM, Bett D, Stentiford R, Wood ER, Dudchenko P. (2017) Lesions of the head direction system increase hippocampal place field repetition. Current Biology
Gianelli S, Harland B, Fellous J-M. (2017) A rat-compatible robotic framework for behavioural neuroscience experiments. Journal of Neuroscience Methods