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Behav Neural Biol. 1994 Jan;61(1):54-9.

An investigation of habituation in the jellyfish Aurelia aurita.

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Department of Psychology, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina 27858-4353.


Three experiments were conducted to examine the effectiveness of different forms of tactile stimulation, probe and stream, and interstimulus intervals (ISI) in producing habituation in the polypoid sessile stage of the jellyfish Aurelia aurita. Results from Experiment 1 showed that polyps significantly decreased their responsiveness to both forms of tactile stimulation with 30-s ISI across 60 trials. Response to a novel stimulus indicated that the response decrement had not been due to fatigue. When the ISI was lengthened to 6 min in Experiment 2, response to the probe form of tactile stimulation did not significantly decrease across 20 trials. Using an ISI of 1 min in Experiment 3, response to the probe form of tactile stimulation decreased significantly across 40 trials. A significant increase in response to the original stimulus (dishabituation) following presentation of a novel stimulus indicated that response decrement was due to habituation or a habituation-like process rather than simple effector fatigue or sensory adaptation.

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