Interchangeable punishments during aversive conditioning in Drosophila

Robinson, B. G., Khurana, S., Nguyen, A., Chuang, T., Young, M., Yu, J., Hooten, J., Atkinson, N. S. (November 2013) Interchangeable punishments during aversive conditioning in Drosophila. Current Science, 105 (9). pp. 1254-1261. ISSN 00113891 (ISSN)

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Using Drosophila melanogaster larvae we asked whether distinct aversive stimuli have a common neuralrepresentation during associative learning. We tested the interchangeability of heat shock and electroshock punishments when used within a single olfactory associative conditioning experiment. We find that compared to animals trained with the repetitive use of a single punishment, the use of two alternating punishments results in similar associative learning. Additionally, the two punishments are shown to have different sensory origins. Therefore, while punishments are processed differently by the larvae of Drosophila melanogaster, the value of the stimulus is preserved.

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Associative conditioning Drosophila Larvae Unconditioned stimulus
Subjects: organism description > animal > insect > Drosophila
organism description > animal behavior
organism description > animal behavior > fear
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Communities: CSHL labs > Zhong lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: 10 November 2013
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 17:50
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2013 17:50

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