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Guy Levy and Benny Hochner (2017) Embodied Organization of Octopus vulgaris Morphology, Vision, and Locomotion. Frontiers Physiology 8:164. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00164.

Guy Levy, Nir Nesher, Letizia Zullo, and Benny Hochner (2017) Motor Control in Soft-Bodied Animals: The Octopus. Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology. Book Chapter.

Ana Turchetti, Tal Shomrat, and Benny Hochner (2017) The Vertical Lobe of Cephalopods—A Brain Structure Ideal for Exploring the Mechanisms of Complex Forms of Learning and Memory. Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology. Book Chapter.

Benny Hochner and David L. Glanzman (2016) Evolution of highly diverse forms of behavior in molluscs. Current Biology 26(20):R965–R971.

Tal Shomrat, Ana Turchetti-Maia, Naama Stern-Mentch, Jennifer Basil, and Benny Hochner (2015) The vertical lobe of cephalopods: an attractive brain structure for understanding the evolution of advanced learning and memory systems Journal of Comparative Physiology A 10.1007/s00359-015-1023-6, p.1-10.

Shlomi Hanassy, Alex Botvinnik, Tamar Flash, and Benny Hochner (2015) Stereotypical reaching movements of the octopus involve both bend propagation and arm elongation Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 10(3) 035001.

Levy Guy, Tamar Flash, and Binyamin Hochner (2015) Arm Coordination in Octopus Crawling Involves Unique Motor Control Strategies Current Biology 25(9):p1195-1200. [Supplemental Information] [Supplemental Movies] [Video Abstract]

Richter JN, Hochner B, and Kuba MJ (2015) Octopus arm movements under constrained conditions. Adaptation, modification and plasticity of motor primitives. J Exp Biol 218(7): p1069-1076.

Nir Nesher, Eliaho Zlotkin, and Binyamin Hochner (2014) The sea anemone toxin AdE-1 modifies both sodium and potassium currents of rat cardiomyocytes. Biochem. J 461:p51-59.

Nir Nesher, Guy Levy, Frank W. Grasso, and Binyamin Hochner (2014) Self-Recognition Mechanism between Skin and Suckers Prevents Octopus Arms from Interfering with Each Other. Current Biology. 24(11):p1271-1275.

Hochner Benny and Shomrat Tal (2013) The Neurophysiological Basis of Learning and Memory in Advanced Invertebrates: The Octopus and the Cuttlefish. Handbook of Behavioral Neuroscience. Chapter 24:303-317.

Hochner B (2013) How nervous systems evolve in relation to their embodiment: what we can learn from octopuses and other molluscs. Brain, Behavior and Evolution. 82(1):19-30.

Ido Zelman, Myriam Titon, Yoram Yekutieli, Shlomi Hanassy , Binyamin Hochner, and Tamar Flash (2013) Kinematic decomposition and classification of octopus arm movements. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. 7(60).

Nir Nesher, Eli Shapira, Daniel Sher, Yehu Mora, Liora Tseveyer, Ana Luiza Turchetti-Maia, Michal Horowitz, Binyamin Hochner, and Eliahu Zlotkin (2013) AdE-1, a new inotropic Na+ channel toxin from Aiptasia diaphana, is similar to, yet distinct from, known anemone Na+ channel toxins. Biochem J. 451(1):81-90.

Marcello Calisti, Andrea Arienti, Federico Renda, Guy Levy, Binyamin Hochner, Barbara Mazzolai, Paolo Dario, and Cecilia Laschi (2011) Design and development of a soft robot with crawling and grasping capabilities.Robotics and Automation (IEEE, 2012), pp. 4950-4955.

Hochner B (2012) An Embodied View of Octopus Neurobiology Minireview Current Biology. 22(20):R887-R892.

Feinstein N, Nesher N, and Hochner B (2011) Functional Morphology of the neuromuscular system of the Octopus vulgaris arm. Vie et milieu - life and environment 61(4):219-229.

Shomrat T, Graindorge N, Bellanger C, Fiorito G, Loewenstein Y, Hochner B (2011) Alternative Sites of Synaptic Plasticity in Two Homologous “Fan-out Fan-in” Learning and Memory Networks. Current Biology. 21(21):1773-1782.

Gutnick T, Byrne RA, Hochner B, Kuba M (2011) Octopus vulgaris uses visual information to determine the location of its arm. Current Biology. 21(6):460-462.

Zullo L, Hochner B (2011) A new perspective on the organization of an invertebrate brain. Commun Integr Biol.4(1):26-29.

Calisti M, Giorelli M, Levy G, Mazzolai B, Hochner B, Laschi C, Dario P (2011) An octopus-bioinspired solution to movement and manipulation for soft robots.Bioinspir Biomim.16(3):036002.

Hochner B (2010) Functional and comparative assessments of the octopus learning and memory system. Front Biosci. 2:764-771.

Shomrat T, Feinstein N, Klein M, Hochner B (2010) Serotonin is a facilitatory neuromodulator of synaptic transmission and "reinforces" long-term potentiation induction in the vertical lobe of Octopus vulgaris. Neuroscience. 169(1):52-64.

Zelman I, Galun M, Akselrod-Ballin A, Yekutieli Y, Hochner B, Flash T (2009) Nearly automatic motion capture system for tracking octopus arm movements in 3D space. J Neuroscience Methods. 182(1):97-109.

Zullo L, Sumbre G, Agnisola C, Flash T, Hochner B (2009) Nonsomatotopic organization of the higher motor centers in octopus. Current Biology. 19(19):1632-1636.

Yekutieli Y, Flash T and Hochner B. Biomechanics; hydroskeletal. New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience MS number 1948. In press. Invited paper .

Shomrat T, Zarrella I, Fiorito G, Hochner B (2008) The Octopus Vertical Lobe Modulates Short-Term Learning Rate and Uses LTP to Acquire Long-Term Memory. Current Biology. 18:337-342.

Hochner B (2008) Octopuses. Current Biology. 18:R897.

Yekutieli Y, Mitelman R, Hochner B and Flash T. Analyzing octopus movements using three dimensional reconstruction. Journal of Neurophysiology 98: 1775-1790, 2007. First published July 11, 2007; doi:10.1152/jn.00739.2006.

Farchi N. Shoham S. Hochner B. and Soreq H. (2007) Impaired hippocampal plasticity and errors in cognitive performance in mice with maladaptive AChE splice site selection. Eur J Neurosci . 25: 87-98.

Farchi N, Ofek K, Podoly E, Dong H, Xiang YY, Diamant S, Livnah O, Li J, Hochner B, Lu WY, Soreq H. (2007) Peripheral site acetylcholinesterase blockade induces RACK1-associated neuronal remodeling. Neurodegener Dis.4(2-3):171-184.

German Sumbre, Graziano Fiorito, Tamar Flash and Binyamin Hochner (2006) Octopuses Use a Human-like Strategy to Control Precise Point-to-Point Arm Movements. Current Biology 16: 767-772.

Yoram Gutfreund, Henry Matzner, Tamar Flash, and Binyamin Hochner (2006) Patterns of Motor Activity in the Isolated Nerve Cord of the Octopus Arm The Biological Bulletin 211: 212-222.

Hochner B. Shomrat T. and Fiorito F. (2006) The octopus: a model for a comparative analysis of the evolution of learning and memory mechanisms. The Biological Bulletin 210: 308-317.

Kuba MJ, Zullo L, Byrne RA & Hochner B. 2006 Visual Habituation in the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris). Geologica – Acta Universitas Cariolinae. 49: 147-150.

German Sumbre, Graziano Fiorito, Tamar Flash & Binyamin Hochner (2005) Motor control of the octopus flexible arm. Nature. 433(7026):495-596.

Yoram Yekutieli*, Roni Sagiv-Zohar*, Ranit Aharonov, Yaakov Engel, Binyamin Hochner and Tamar Flash (2005) DYNAMIC MODEL OF THE OCTOPUS ARM. I. BIOMECHANICS OF THE OCTOPUS REACHING MOVEMENT. Journal of Neurophysiology

Yoram Yekutieli, Roni Sagiv-Zohar, Binyamin Hochner and Tamar Flash (2005) DYNAMIC MODEL OF THE OCTOPUS ARM. II. CONTROL OF REACHING MOVEMENTS. Journal of Neurophysiology 94: 1459-1468, 2005. First published April 13, 2005; doi:10.1152/jn.00685.2004.

Tamar Flash and Binyamin Hochner (2005) Motor primitives in vertebrates and invertebrates. Current Opinions in Neurobiology 15: 660-666.

I.D. Walker, D. Dawson, T. Flash, F. Grasso, R. Hanlon, B. Hochner, W.M. Kier, C. Pagano, C.D. Rahn, and Q. Zhang (2005) Continuum Robot Arms Inspired by Cephalopods. Proceedings of SPIE 5804: 303-314.

Kuba MJ, Zullo L, & Hochner B. 2005 Non-associative learning in Octopus vulgaris. Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium Coleoid Cephalopods Through Time. 89-91.

Nijholt I, Farchi N, Kye M, Sklan EH, Shoham S, Verbeure B, Owen D, Hochner B, Spiess J, Soreq H, Blank T. (2004). Stress-induced alternative splicing of acetylcholinesterase results in enhanced fear memory and long-term potentiation. Molecular Psychiatry. 9(2):174-183.

Dong H. Xiang YY. Farchi N. Ju W. Wu Y. Chen L. Wang Y. Hochner B. Yang B. Soreq H. Lu WY. (2004) Excessive expression of acetylcholinesterase impairs glutamatergic synaptogenesis in hippocampal neurons. Journal of Neuroscience 24(41):8950-8960.

Hochner B. Octopus nervous system. in: Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, 3rd Edition. G. Adelman and BH Smith (eds) Elsevier B. V. (2004).

Farchi N. Soreq H. Hochner B. (2003). Chronic acetylcholinesterase overexpression induces multileveled aberrations in neuromuscular physiology. Journal of Physiology. 546(1):165-173

Hochner B, Brown ER, Langella M, Shomrat T, Fiorito G (2003). A learning and memory area in the octopus brain manifests a vertebrate-like long-term potentiation. Journal of Neurophysiology. 90(5):3547-3554. Epub 2003 Aug 13.

Yoram Yekutieli, German Sumbre, Tamar Flash, Binyamin Hochner (2002). How to move with no rigid skeleton? The octopus has the answers. Biologist. 49(6):250-254.

Rokni D. and Hochner B. (2002). Ionic currents underlying fast action potentials in the obliquely striated muscle cells of the octopus arm. Journal of Neurophysiology. 88(6):3386-3397.

German Sumbre, Yoram Gutfreund, Graziano Fiorito, Tamar Flash, Binyamin Hochner (2001). Control of Octopus Arm Extension by a Peripheral Motor Program. Science. 293(5536):1845-1848.

Matzner H, Gutfreund Y, Hochner B (2000). The neuromuscular system of the flexible arm of the octopus: Physiological characterization. Journal of Neurophysiology.83(3):1315-1328.

Gutfreund Y, Flash T, Fiorito G, Hochner B (1998). Patterns of arm muscle activation involved in octopus reaching movements. The Journal of Neuroscience.18(15), 5976-5987.

Gutfreund Y, Flash T, Yarom Y, Segev I, Hochner B (1996). Organization of octopus arm movements: A model system for studying the control of flexible arms. The Journal of Neuroscience. 16(22), 7297-7307.


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