MIT researchers have planted memories of things that never happened in the memories of mice, the New York Times reports.
The goal of the experiment was to explore what scientists refer to as “false memory syndrome”, which is when our brains recollect moments in our lives that haven’t occurred.
It’s the reason why your friend swears you were at a party you know you didn’t attend because you were out of town.
By manipulating a part of the rats’ memories, scientists got them to believe they were shocked in one area, when they had actually gotten shocked in a completely different location on their bodies.
The research, published in the Science journal, says since the memory mechanisms of mice and humans are similar, the importance of the research is to show the memories of both species are rather unreliable. Read the entire report here: http://wfts.tv/13amjWE
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