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" You have made your way from worm to man and much in you is still worm" 

-Thus spoke Zarathustra- Friedrich  Nietzsche -

Selected publications  (for full list see google scholar)

Primary Research
Conflict during learning reconfigures the neural representation of positive valence. Laura Molina-García*, Susana Colinas-Fischer, Sergio Benavides-Laconcha, Lucy Lin, Emma Clark, Neythen J. Treloar, Blanca García-Minaur-Ortíz, Chris P. Barnes & Arantza Barrios* (2023). Biorxiv 2023.02.03.527017 doi:10.1101/2023.02.03.527017.
Direct glia-to-neuron transdifferentiation gives rise to a pair of male-specific neurons that ensure nimble male mating. Molina-Garcia!, L.*, Lloret-Fernández, C.*, Cook, S. J., Kim, B., Bonnington, R. C., Sammut, M., O’Shea, J. M., Gilbert, S. PR., Elliott, D. J., Hall, D. H., Emmons, S. W., Barrios, A.*, Poole, R. J.* (2020). eLife, 9, 73
Glia-derived neurons are required for sex-specific learning in C. elegans. Sammut, M., Cook, S. J., Nguyen, K., Felton, T., Hall, D.H., Emmons, S. W., Poole, R. J.*, Barrios, A.* (2015).  Nature 526, 385–390 
PDF-1 neuropeptide signaling modulates a neural circuit for mate-searching behavior in C. elegans. Barrios, A.*, Ghosh, R., Fang, C., Emmons, S.W. and Barr, M.M. (2012).  Nature Neuroscience 15 (12): 1675-1682
Sensory regulation of C. elegans male mate-searching behaviour. Barrios, A.*, Nurrish, S., Emmons, S.W.* (2008). Current Biology 19 (23): 1865-71. 
Reviews and comments
Animal behaviour: Shifting attention in order to disperse. Molina-Garcia, L. & Barrios, A. (2021) Curr. Biol. 31, R1397–R1400.
Sex differences in learning–shared principles across taxa. Molina-García, L., Barrios, A., (2018). Current Opinion in Physiology, 6, 65–74. 
Behavioral plasticity: A nose for every season. Barrios, A. (2014). Current Biology 24 (21):R1057-59. 
Exploratory decisions of the C. elegans male: a conflict of two drives. Barrios, A. (2014).  Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology 33: 10-17. 
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