Flatworms retain memories in re-grown heads, study finds

07/16/2013 | National Geographic News

A study found that flatworms can retain memories after their heads have been severed and regrown. Researchers tested the theory by training flatworms to trust lighted areas, which the species usually avoids, and when the heads were cut off and regrown, the worms remembered they could retrieve food from the lighted areas. "What we do know is that memory can be stored outside the brain -- presumably in other body cells -- so that [memories] can get imprinted onto the new brain as it regenerates," said biologist Michael Levin.

View Full Article in:

National Geographic News

Published in Brief:

SmartBrief Job Listings for Education

Job Title Company Location
Program Officer, Teacher Development
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
Moorestown, NJ
Executive Director
Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)
Hartford, CT
Senior ELL Technical Assistance and Curriculum Specialist (8270)
American Institute for Researcher
Chicago, IL
Senior Researcher (8194)
American Institute for Researcher
Washington, DC
Technical Assistance Associate (8330)
American Institute for Researcher
Chicago, IL