Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • News & Views
  • Published:

Behavioural neuroscience

Out of sight, but not out of mind

Flies are cleverer than previously thought. They can remember their original destination even if distracted en route by another landmark. This behaviour depends on a specific group of neurons.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Relevant articles

Open Access articles citing this article.

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Figure 1: Undeterred by the detour.


  1. Neuser, K., Triphan, T., Mronz, M., Poeck, B. & Strauss, R. Nature 453, 1244–1247 (2008).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  2. Gotz, K. G. in Development and Neurobiology of Drosophila (eds Siddiqi, O., Babu, P., Hall, L. M. & Hall, J. C.) 391–407 (Plenum, 1980).

    Book  Google Scholar 

  3. Strauss, R. & Pichler, J. J. Comp. Physiol. A 182, 411–423 (1998).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  4. Taube, J. S. Annu. Rev. Neurosci. 30, 181–207 (2007).

    Article  MathSciNet  CAS  Google Scholar 

  5. Davis, R. L. Annu. Rev. Neurosci. 28, 275–302 (2005).

    Article  CAS  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  6. Strauss, R. & Heisenberg, M. J. Neurosci. 13, 1852–1861 (1993).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  7. Zars, T. Curr. Opin. Neurobiol. 10, 790–795 (2000).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  8. Liu, L., Wolf, R., Ernst, R. & Heisenberg, M. Nature 400, 753–756 (1999).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  9. Mehren, J. E., Ejima, A. & Griffith, L. C. Curr. Opin. Neurobiol. 14, 745–750 (2004).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  10. Putz, G., Bertolucci, F., Raabe, T., Zars, T. & Heisenberg, M. J. Neurosci. 24, 9745–9751 (2004).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  11. Xing, J., Ginty, D. D. & Greenberg, M. E. Science 27 3, 959–963 (1996).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Tomchik, S., Davis, R. Out of sight, but not out of mind. Nature 453, 1193–1194 (2008).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing