This New Development in Memory Science Creates False Memories

 - Jul 29, 2013
References: sciencemag.org & io9
New discoveries related to memory science are bringing concepts from movies like Inception to life. MIT neuroscientists successfully implanted "false memories" into the minds of mice, creating the first artificially implanted memories.

Experiences in our minds are bundled together by connected groups of neurons called "engrams." MIT neuroscientists were able to successfully isolate active engrams in the minds of mice and shock them into creating memories that they have never actually experienced.

This is a frightening concept, but it could have huge implications for re-wiring responses to traumatic experiences, daily life and Alzheimer's, not to mention furthering our understanding of the human brain. The use of these methods on humans is quite controversial, especially at this stage because these falsely implanted memories are induced by electric shocks.