Attention-like processes in Drosophila Require Short-term Memory Genes

van Swinderen, Bruno (2007) Attention-like processes in Drosophila Require Short-term Memory Genes. Science, 315 5818: 1590-1593. doi:10.1126/science.1137931

Author van Swinderen, Bruno
Title Attention-like processes in Drosophila Require Short-term Memory Genes
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-9203
Publication date 2007-03-16
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1126/science.1137931
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 315
Issue 5818
Start page 1590
End page 1593
Total pages 4
Place of publication Washington, D.C. U.S.A.
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Language eng
Subject 0699 Other Biological Sciences
Abstract 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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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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