Associative Behavioral Modification in Hermissenda: Cellular Correlates

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Science  18 Jul 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4454, pp. 412-414
DOI: 10.1126/science.209.4454.412

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Three days of training consisting of trials of light paired with rotation produces a long-term modification of photopositive behavior in Hermissenda crassicornis. The behavioral modification depends on the temporal association of light and rotation. For animals that received light paired with rotation, significant increases in the spontaneous activity of type B photoreceptors were correlated with changes in photopositive behavior after training. A persistent tonic depolarization of type B photoreceptors can explain the cellular changes correlated with the long-term behavioral modification produced by the temporal association of light and rotation.