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A group of MIT scientists have planted false memories in mice

Thought Inception was bad? A group of MIT scientists have just planted false memories in mice

| Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 7:26 am

Now this is a scary piece of news. A group of MIT researchers have successfully implanted false memories into the minds of test mice, with a study published in the journal, Science.

 

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The experiment was designed to look at the phenomenon known as "false memory syndrome", where the brain creates recollections of events that have never actually happened: you know, like seeing a black cat twice in The Matrix. By playing with the memory engram-bearing cells in the hippocampus, the MIT researchers convinced a bunch of mice that they had experienced shock to their feet, without physically doing anything different than just standing there.

 

Now, all this team has to do is sell me a dream pill that gives me the ability to "dream" some "memories". We could call it "iDream", should I go and get a patent on that?

NEWS SOURCES:Engadget.com

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