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Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Science |

Scientists succeed in creating short-term memories in the brain

Scientists succeed in creating short-term memories in the brain

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This is like Inception but without going into the dreams of Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page. Scientists have discovered a way to create memories, achieving this in a piece of that was isolated in a test tube. Neuroscientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine isolated pieces of rodent brain, and simulated neural pathways in the tissue, achieving induce a variety of “memories” of short-term in it.

Each lasted about 10 seconds in the laboratory brain. The study aims to better understand the mechanisms behind the short-term declarative memory, used in tasks such as remembering a phone number or an email that you just said.

The no means taught a phone number to a brain in a jar, but rather trigger achieved brain activity similar to that observed in the brains of living things are taught when a task requiring short memory term.

“This paves the way for future research to identify specific brain circuits that allow us to form short-term memories,” said Professor of Neuroscience and Biophysics, Ben W. Strowbridge, one of the authors of the research.

By better understanding how to create these memories, researchers could know where the information is stored in the brain and the paths that must be traveled to get there, and to find possible treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Well, maybe someday a capacity to insert false memories in our minds and make us believe a lie …

Link: Mnemonic representations of transient stimuli and temporal sequences in the rodent hippocampus in vitro (Nature Neuroscience via ScienceDaily )

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