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Attention-Like Processes in Drosophila Require Short-Term Memory Genes
Swinderen, Bruno Van
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SCIENCE (keterangan: ada di Proquest) vol. 315 no. 5818 (Mar. 2007)
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Although there is much behavioral evidence for complex brain functions in insects, it is not known whether insects have selective attention. In humans, selective attention is a dynamic process restricting perception to a succession of salient stimuli, while less relevant competing stimuli are suppressed. Local field potential recordings in the brains of flies responding to visual novelty revealed attention-like processes with stereotypical temporal properties. These processes were modulated by genes involved in short-term memory formation, namely dunce and rutabaga. Attention defects in these mutants were associated with distinct optomotor effects in behavioral assays.
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