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[GM] Researchers Turn Long-Term Memories On And Off With The Flip Of A Switch.

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http://www.gizmag.com/switching-memo...and-off/18959/

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Building on their previous work showing that the hippocampus is responsible for converting short-term memory into long-term memory, the researchers used embedded electrical probes to record the rat's brain activity between two major internal divisions of the hippocampus as they were learning. These divisions, which are known as subregions CA3 and CA1, had previously been shown to interact to create long-term memory.

Additionally, when the team applied the same technique to rats with a normal, functioning hippocampus, the device actually strengthened the memory being generated internally in the brain to enhance their memory capability..
The possibilities for something like this are endless, like treating PTSD for example.
Though I'm not sure what the effects of disabling a part of the brain long term would have...
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That's wild!

Although from what I gather it is an all or nothing switch, just for the capability of retaining long term memory of anything. I'm sure they could develop all kinds of interesting things, but I don't think they can manipulate specific memories.
    
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