Sleep and memory formation in Drosophila

Stephane Dissel, Paul J. Shaw

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Sleep plays an active role in learning and memory, and this relationship is conserved throughout the animal kingdom. Thus, while the function of sleep remains a mystery, a growing body of data has shifted the scales in favor of the hypothesis that a primary function of sleep is to modulate learning and memory. Drosophila neurobiologists have created tools to study the genes, circuits, and microcircuits underlying memory. Thus sleep researchers have a unique opportunity to dissect this complex relationship in exquisite detail. In this chapter, we review the current understanding of the relationship between sleep and memory in Drosophila.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Circuits
  • Genetic
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Plasticity
  • Sleep
  • Sleep deprivation


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