Unconventional sex: fresh approaches to courtship learning

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2004 Dec;14(6):745-50. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2004.10.012.


Understanding the complex array of genes, proteins and cells involved in learning and memory is a major challenge for neuroscientists. Using the genetically powerful model system, Drosophila melanogaster, and its well-studied courtship behavior, investigators have begun to delineate essential elements of associative and nonassociative behavioral plasticity. Advances in transgenic tools and developments in behavioral assays have increased the power of studying courtship learning in the fruit fly.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Central Nervous System / physiology*
  • Conditioning, Psychological / physiology
  • Drosophila melanogaster / physiology*
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation / genetics*
  • Male
  • Models, Animal
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / genetics
  • Neural Pathways / physiology
  • Neuropsychological Tests / standards
  • Sexual Behavior, Animal / physiology*


  • Nerve Tissue Proteins