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Some articles report slime has a memory, is this true?

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Liz Posted by (Questions: 7, Answers: 3)
Asked on 28th July 2018 11:32 pm
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To answer this, we must properly define memory. In 2012, Chris Reid et al. demonstrated that P. polycephalum is able to detect the trails of effluent it leaves behind as it navigates through its environment and this physical “self knowledge” can enable it to navigate through complex environmental puzzles: the authors interpreted this as a form of memory. In a slightly more abstract sense, Saigusa et al. described in 2008 that P. polycephalum is able to respond to periodic stimuli in a manner consistent with “anticipation”, i.e. when the stimulus is removed, the organism will still respond as if it had been stimulated, provided it has been previously “trained”. The memory, in this sense, is abstract because it is non-physical and less permanent.

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Richard Posted by (Questions: 1, Answers: 2)
Answered on 30th July 2018 2:16 pm