Halloween came early for a selection of lucky pond snails in Canada. A duo at the University of Calgary decided that the best way to test the affects chocolate may have on memory was to feed it to snails. The snails may not have spines but they at least have suitable brains for purposes of this research!
Lee Fruson, an undergraduate student, wanted to test the affect flavonoids have on memory. Specifically the flavonoid called epicatechin which is found in green tea, wine, and cocoa. Humans can be poor test subjects for memory studies because there are many factors that affect our memories.
Since it would have been inhumane to get snails drunk (besides inebriation has been known to impair memory), and green tea just wasn’t on the menu that day so they decided to use chocolate.