Brain and behavioural evidence for rest-activity cycles in Octopus vulgaris.

@article{Brown2006BrainAB,
  title={Brain and behavioural evidence for rest-activity cycles in Octopus vulgaris.},
  author={Euan R Brown and Stefania Piscopo and Rosanna De Stefano and Antonio Giuditta},
  journal={Behavioural brain research},
  year={2006},
  volume={172 2},
  pages={355-9}
}
Octopus vulgaris maintained under a 12/12h light/dark cycle exhibit a pronounced nocturnal activity pattern. Animals deprived of rest during the light period show a marked 'rebound' in activity in the following 24h. 'Active' octopuses attack faster than 'quiet' animals and brain activity recorded electrically intensifies during 'quiet' behaviour. Thus, in Octopus as in vertebrates, brain areas involved in memory or 'higher' processes exhibit 'off-line' activity during rest periods.