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Public Versus Personal Information for Mate Copying in an Invertebrate
Organisms require information to make decisions about fitness-affecting resources, such as mates. Animals may extract "personal information" about potential mates by observing their physicalExpand
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A fitness cost of learning ability in Drosophila melanogaster
  • F. Mery, T. Kawecki
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London…
  • 7 December 2003
Maintenance of substantial genetic variation for learning ability in many animal populations suggests that learning ability has fitness costs, but there is little empirical evidence for them. In thisExpand
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Natural polymorphism affecting learning and memory in Drosophila
Knowing which genes contribute to natural variation in learning and memory would help us understand how differences in these cognitive traits evolve among populations and species. We show that aExpand
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A Cost of Long-Term Memory in Drosophila
Two distinct forms of consolidated associative memory are known in Drosophila: long-term memory and so-called anesthesia-resistant memory. Long-term memory is more stable, but unlikeExpand
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Experimental evolution of learning ability in fruit flies
  • F. Mery, T. Kawecki
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 21 October 2002
The presence of genetic variation for learning ability in animals opens the way for experiments asking how and under what ecological circumstances improved learning ability should evolve. Here weExpand
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Spread of Social Information and Dynamics of Social Transmission within Drosophila Groups
Understanding how behavioral diversity arises and is maintained is central to evolutionary biology. Genetically based inheritance has been a predominant research focus of the last century; however,Expand
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Natural variation in learning and memory
  • F. Mery
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Current Opinion in Neurobiology
  • 1 February 2013
Learning is widespread in the animal kingdom. From the small nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans to humans, learning appears to play a central role in adaptation to local spatial and temporalExpand
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Functional and evolutionary trade-offs co-occur between two consolidated memory phases in Drosophila melanogaster
Memory is a complex and dynamic process that is composed of different phases. Its evolution under natural selection probably depends on a balance between fitness benefits and costs. In Drosophila,Expand
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THE EFFECT OF LEARNING ON EXPERIMENTAL EVOLUTION OF RESOURCE PREFERENCE IN DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER
  • F. Mery, T. Kawecki
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Evolution; international journal of organic…
  • 1 April 2004
Abstract Learning is thought to be adaptive in variable environments, whereas constant, predictable environments are supposed to favor unconditional, genetically fixed responses. A dichotomous viewExpand
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Transgenerational memory effect of ageing in Drosophila
Children born to older parents tend to have lower intelligence and are at higher risk for disorders such as schizophrenia and autism. Such observations of ageing damage being passed on from parentsExpand
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