Long-term memory formation

3 junio 2015

A team of neuroscientists has determined how a pair of growth factor molecules contributes to long-term memory formation. In their study, the researchers examined GFs in Aplysia californica, the California sea slug. Aplysia is a model organism that is quite powerful for this type of research because its neurons are 10 to 50 times larger than those of higher organisms, such as vertebrates, and it possesses a relatively small network of neurons — characteristics that readily allow for the examination of molecular signaling during memory formation.