Brain and behavioural evidence for rest-activity cycles in Octopus vulgaris

Euan R Brown, Stefania Piscopo, Rosanna De Stefano, Antonio Giuditta

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Octopus vulgaris maintained under a 12/12 h light/dark cycle exhibit a pronounced nocturnal activity pattern. Animals deprived of rest during the light period show a marked 'rebound' in activity in the following 24 h. 'Active' octopuses attack faster than 'quiet' animals and brain activity recorded electrically intensifies during 'quiet' behaviour. Thus, in Octopus as in vertebrates, brain areas involved in memory or 'higher' processes exhibit 'off-line' activity during rest periods. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-359
Number of pages5
JournalBehavioural Brain Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2006

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