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Study of marine snail leads to new insights into long-term memory
Date:6/19/2008

s also studying learning at the synaptic level in the zebra fish.

As a graduate student at Stanford University, Glanzman began studying cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics but "kept getting more and more reductionistic" in his thinking.

"I wanted to understand how the brain actually works," he said. "In the Aplysia, one understands what the physiological and behavioral functions of individual neurons are. You can look at a neuron in the Aplysia and say, 'That's a motor neuron, that's a sensory neuron.' We know that the activity of those neurons has a significant role in behavior. When looking at a change in a synaptic connection between a pair of neurons in the Aplysia nervous system, we know, for some of the neurons, what effect that will have on behavior."


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