July 29, 2013 | Jasmine

I like to think that all of my memories, even the bad ones, are real. But what if they were implanted? Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successfully implanted a false memory in mice.

This is the first study where activating brain cells has created a substitute for a real experience and led to a learned behaviour. In the future it may help us to understand how our experiences can influence the way we remember things. Right now, it gives me the chills.

This research appears in the 26 July 2013 issue of Science, the journal of AAAS, the non-profit society.

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