Memory strength dependent on abundance of ‘package’ deliveries
The research, conducted using fruit flies as model organisms, focused on dopamine neurons. It was published online in the journal Neuron. “The aim of this project was to figure out the mechanistic changes that can lead to constraints in learning and memory,” says first author Anna Phan, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of senior author Ron Davis, PhD, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Scripps Research in Jupiter, Florida. Unexpectedly, the team also found that having a good or poor memory may be determined early in life.