Recent Experiment on Snails May Have Just Called Into Question Everything We Thought We Knew About Where Memories Are Stored
A researcher at the University of California-Los Angeles may have discovered more about where memories are stored, and it could have major implications for neuroscience. Daniel Glanzman, a professor of neurobiology at UCLA made the discovery while working with his usual subject: the California sea hare, a 12-inch marine snail.
In the latest study, Glanzman gave a group of snails a mild electric shock. When snails feel threatened, they retract their frills and spout, so after a few shocks, the snails were sensitized, and retracted for about 50 seconds. Snails that have not received shocks typically retract for as little as one second.