FEB 22, 2018 06:13 AM PST

Researchers Learn More About Memory Formation

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

Nerve cells or neurons in the brain carry our memories. But how those memories form is still not well understood. One way that researchers investigate such processes is with simple models, such as Caenorhabditis elegans, a transparent worm with a single neuron.

These worms are not born to prefer certain temperatures, but when grown at a specific temperature they will naturally gravitate toward it when placed in an environment with a varied climate.

In research reported in Neuron, scientists show that two kinds of plasticity, the ability of the brain to change, work together in a single C. elegans neuron to create a memory. In one mechanism, the environmental temperature is sensed, and the neuron can cause the animal to move in response. But this neuron also plays a role in the development of a preference for a temperature. Hear more about the work from the video, which is the graphical abstract from the publication of the research.
About the Author
  • Experienced research scientist and technical expert with authorships on 28 peer-reviewed publications, traveler to over 60 countries, published photographer and internationally-exhibited painter, volunteer trained in disaster-response, CPR and DV counseling.
You May Also Like
NOV 01, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
NOV 01, 2018
Oil Absorbing Sponge Made from Wood
  It has been eight years since the crude oil spill in the Mexico Gulf, but the shadow of aquatic petroleum contamination has never been far away. To...
NOV 11, 2018
Health & Medicine
NOV 11, 2018
Stop Procrastinating, It's Not Good for You
Procrastination is common, but some people procrastinate much more than others. Those who do it persistently probably exhibit something known as chronic pr...
NOV 13, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
NOV 13, 2018
Viscoelasticity and Non-Newtonian Fluids
One of these is not like the others: honey, water, ketchup, and blood. The answer? Water, because the other three are all non-Newtonian fluid. When Isaac N...
NOV 21, 2018
Videos
NOV 21, 2018
Human Urine as Fertilizer?
Although at first it may sound unappealing, human urine could be a key asset in sustainable agriculture research particularly for its unique contribution....
NOV 28, 2018
Videos
NOV 28, 2018
What critics think about the first gene-edited babies
Chinese scientist He Jiankui took advantage of the International Human Genome Editing Summit in Hong Kong to publicize the results of his Crispr-Cas9 trial...
DEC 05, 2018
Videos
DEC 05, 2018
Promising Results From Early Trials of Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Anemia
More than 90,000 Americans and millions of people around the world have SCA....
Loading Comments...