Scientists Found a Way to Delete Short Term Memory Of Mice. Using Light?

Scientists from Kyoto University, Japan have successfully manipulated the memories of mice using a neural-optic system. 

The study is still in the experimental stage but looks promising to make the memory-erasing gadget from “the Men in Black” movie franchise or the medical procedure from the 2004 movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” a real thing.

The study was conducted by putting mice in a dark chamber that shocks them in their habitat. When a mouse entered the chamber they would get shocked and become anxious around the chamber. The mice that underwent the experiment, however, later forgot about the electric shock, became relaxed around the chamber, and entered it again.

Memories are consolidated during sleep with the nerve activity called long-term potentiation (LTP). The…

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