Monday, 26 March 2012

False memories generated in lab mice

In the 1940s, neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield found his patients would recall seemingly random information – the smell of cookies for instance – when he stimulated different brain areas with electric shocks.

Two studies have now found evidence to support the memory storage theory that Penfield stumbled across.

The research, in mice, even demonstrates that it is possible to manipulate brain cells to create false memories...