7/28/2013

This is pretty scary: "Neuroscientists plant false memories in the brain"

This is one future that I would like to avoid.  From MIT's news office:
. . . In a step toward understanding how these faulty memories arise, MIT neuroscientists have shown that they can plant false memories in the brains of mice. They also found that many of the neurological traces of these memories are identical in nature to those of authentic memories. 
“Whether it’s a false or genuine memory, the brain’s neural mechanism underlying the recall of the memory is the same,” says Susumu Tonegawa, the Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience and senior author of a paper describing the findings in the July 25 edition of Science. . . .

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Blogger Rob K said...

"We can remember it for you wholesale!" Philip K. Dick thought of that a long time ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Can_Remember_It_for_You_Wholesale

7/28/2013 8:57 PM  
Blogger RS said...

Scary in some ways, not in others.

The memories of getting that PhD in Organic Chemistry I never got would have been quite useful.

7/28/2013 9:34 PM  

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