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Messing With Memory: Mouse Edition

We’ve blogged in the past about how easy it is to develop false-memory syndromes for individuals. Now scientists at MIT state they’ve been successful in developing false-memory syndromes in mice. From The New York Times: In the research study reported Thursday, Dr. Tonegawa’s group initially put mice in one environment and let them get used to it and remember it. They identified and chemically labeled the cells in the animals’ brains where that memory was being formed. The mice were not shocked because environment.A day later on, in a totally various environment, the researchers provided an electrical shock to the mice at the same time that they stimulated the formerly determined brain cells to activate the earlier memory.

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