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Somatic Inheritance of Habituation of Responses to Light in Planarians

Westerman, R. A. (1963) Somatic Inheritance of Habituation of Responses to Light in Planarians. Science, 140 (3567). pp. 676-677. ISSN 0036-8075. doi:10.1126/science.140.3567.676.

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Planarians show long-lasting reversible decrease of responses to a photic stimulus repeated 25 times each day. This habituation was found to be significantly faster in regenerated offspring of previously habituated planarians, and was also transferred by cannibalization, thus resembling light-shock conditioning. Habituation provides a new situation in which to study the somatic inheritance of learning in planarians.

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Additional Information:© 1963 American Association for the Advancement of Science. 1 March 1963. Supported by grants No. FF-252 to the author and No. MH03372 to R. W. Sperry from the U.S. Public Health Service. I acknowledge the technical assistance of Dorothy Hayman and Mark Gingold and thank Professor R. W. Sperry for his advice.
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Official Citation:Somatic Inheritance of Habituation of Responses to Light in Planarians R. A. Westerman Science 10 May 1963: 140 (3567), 676-677. [DOI:10.1126/science.140.3567.676]
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