Mollusks Help Us Understand Neural Function
California sea hare (Aplysia californica) has garnered particular attention due to its large, easily accessible neurons. These large neurons, compared to those found in most other organisms, offer an invaluable opportunity to explore the fundamental principles of neural function and behavior. Studies on the California sea hare have provided profound insights into key aspects of neuroscience, including learning, memory, and neural plasticity. The relative simplicity of their nervous system, coupled with the accessibility of their neurons, has enabled researchers to map neural circuits and investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying various brain functions.