Can specific memories, wired in our brains, be recalled, planted, or wiped out? Recently, researchers at MIT used the technique of optogenetics to activate neurons with light and manipulate the memories of lab mice. Watch the lead scientists in the TED video explain, with charm, humor and eloquence, just how they did it.
Ref: Xu Liu, et al., Optogenetic stimulation of a hippocampal engram activates fear memory recall, Nature, 2012 http://goo.gl/QKc2y
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Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu of Tonegawa Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) share their epic research on memory formation on TED.com!
PS check out the hangout we did last week with Steve for EyeWire and YouTube #GeekWeek : Faking It: Neuroscience of Memory