A learning and memory area in the octopus brain manifests a vertebrate-like long-term potentiation

Binyamin Hochner, Euan R Brown, Marina Langella, Tal Shomrat, Graziano Fiorito

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Cellular mechanisms underlying learning and memory were investigated in the octopus using a brain slice preparation of the vertical lobe, an area of the octopus brain involved in learning and memory. Field potential recordings revealed long-term potentiation (LTP) of glutamatergic synaptic field potentials similar to that in vertebrates. These findings suggest that convergent evolution has led to the selection of similar activity-dependent synaptic processes that mediate complex forms of learning and memory in vertebrates and invertebrates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3547-3554
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neurophysiology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2003

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