Scientists Implant False Memory in Mice

Alessia Andreotti
July 26th 2013

Manipulations of the mind that were once the terrain of futuristic fantasy are now one step closer to becoming reality. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  successfully implanted a false memory in the brain of a mouse, an idea that is reminiscent of science-fiction movie.
Researchers were able to generate a false memory and study its neural and behavioral interactions with true memories.

“It is possible to generate an internally-represented and behaviorally-expressed fear memory via artificial means” the report on Science reads.

The possibility of implanting a false memory is a great achievement for science, that may help treat some emotional problems in future.

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