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Oecologia

, Volume 186, Issue 1, pp 29–31 | Cite as

Plants learn and remember: lets get used to it

  • Monica GaglianoEmail author
  • Charles I. Abramson
  • Martial Depczynski
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I think I’ve discovered the secret of lifeyou just hang around until you get used to it

~ Charles Schultz

In one of the most beloved comic strip of all times, the creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy said it all. At the most basic level, this “getting used to it”—a decrease in response to a stimulus after repeated exposure—is what behavioural habituation is about. And, it is an extremely important (adaptive) aspect of life; thanks to it, organisms learn to pay attention to stimuli that are truly meaningful in their environment while ignoring those that have proven irrelevant and innocuous. Despite its simplicity, the concept of habituation seems to have always stirred great debate. For example, the earliest descriptions of what we would now call habituation came from studies conducted by Pfeffer using the sensitive plant Mimosa pudica in 1873 and the Peckhams using spiders in 1887; remarkably, no real agreement on the use of the word ‘habituation’ was to be found until (almost) a...

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Author contribution statement

MG, CIA, and MD conceived, designed, and executed this study and MG wrote the manuscript. No other person is entitled to authorship.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biological Science, Centre for Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  2. 2.Sydney Environment InstituteUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Laboratory of Comparative Psychology and Behavioral Biology, Department of Psychology and Integrative BiologyOklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA
  4. 4.AIMS, The Oceans InstituteUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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