Friday, July 13, 2012

Positive Reinforcement Creates Longer Lasting "Memories" in Fruit Fly Study

If you believe positive reinforcement works better than the negative kind, a new study by scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute backs up your beliefs—at least in regard to fruit fly memory formation. In a new study published in the July 10, 2012 print edition of the journal Current Biology, Scripps Florida scientists were able to show that when it comes to learning and memory in the common fruit fly (Drosophila), positive reinforcement—in this case, sucrose—results in the formation of a memory trace that lasts twice as long as aversive or negative reinforcement. more

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