Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Inception Becomes Reality? Scientists Implant 'False Memories' Into Mice
The idea of the surreal Hollywood blockbuster Inception, where people 'plant' an idea in someone else's head may not be so out-there after all.
Two teams of scientists have found ways to create false memories, and implant them into the brain at will - although for now, the technique only works in mice.
Memories are stored in a surprisingly small number of brain cells - and the teams could 'control' the cells to create 'synthetic memories.'
The research raises the possibility that humans could be made to remember things that have not happened - or even 'taught' whole new skills using electronics or chemistry.
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