False memory planted in mouse brain

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posted on Jul, 26 2013 @ 03:19 PM
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The vagaries of human memory are notorious. A friend insists that you were at your 15th class reunion when you know it was your 10th. You distinctly remember that another friend was at your wedding, until she reminds you that you didn't invite her. Or, more seriously, an eyewitness misidentifies the perpetrator of a terrible crime. Not only are false, or mistaken, memories common in normal life, but researchers have found it relatively easy to generate false memories of words and images in human subjects. But exactly what goes on in the brain when mistaken memories are formed has remained mysterious. Read more: www.smh.com.au...



Now scientists at the Riken-MIT Centre for Neural Circuit Genetics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have created a false memory in a mouse, providing detailed clues to how such memories may form in human brains. Read more: www.smh.com.au...


The article goes on to explain that last year in the journal "NATURE" that the physical trace of a certain memory can be identified in the brain cells as it is formed, and then later can be stimulated in those cells.

The research from last year and this year is the closest they have gotten to pin pointing to a certain area in the brain saying there is the memory...

IMO this is some pretty heavy duty stuff it sheds light on those that claim to have been brainwashed or mind controlled...maybe those folks are not so nutty after all...Not to mention this research in the wrong hands can have quite an effect in our future where technology such as this research can plant or erase a memory at their whim...

edit on 7/26/13 by shells4u because: (no reason given)
edit on 7/26/13 by shells4u because: (no reason given)




posted on Jul, 26 2013 @ 05:09 PM
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It's such a shame that this forum doesn't get the attention it deserves. Specifically because of stories like this. This is one hell of a breakthrough in understanding how the brain works and how it retains information. It could also lead to cybernetics far more advanced than what we have now.



posted on Jul, 26 2013 @ 06:05 PM
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