Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 185, Issue 4, pp 323–340

Memory dynamics in the honeybee

  • R. Menzel

DOI: 10.1007/s003590050392

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Menzel, R. J Comp Physiol A (1999) 185: 323. doi:10.1007/s003590050392


Reward learning in honeybees initiates a sequence of events which leads to long-lasting memory passing through multiple phases of transient memories. The study of memory dynamics is performed at the behavioral (both natural foraging behavior and appetitive conditioning), neural circuit and molecular levels. The results of these combined efforts lead to a model which assumes five kinds of sequential memories, each characterized by a set of behavioral and mechanistic properties. It is argued that these properties, although reflecting general characteristics of step-wise memory formation, are adapted to the species-specific adaptations in natural behavior, here to foraging at scattered and unreliable food sources.

Key words LearningMemory phasesForagingNeural circuitsSignal cascades

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Menzel
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Neurobiologie, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Strasse 28/30, D-14195 Berlin, GermanyDE