The New You — Accounting for Positive Memories

2014-1201 TEDx BostonI recently wrote about a project which, if successful, could store human memories then import them if the original memories were lost due to injury. Although the study is designed for military personnel only, the potential is that all people who have stored their memories could upload them in case of memory loss due to injury, illness, time, and other adversities. When I published the post, I asked readers if they would use the technology if it were available. The response were split almost evenly between those who said “absolutely” and those how said “definitely not.” However, some readers provided conditional answers such as “yes, if it worked with others” and “yes, if I could import only the good memories.” As it turns out, scientists on an unrelated project have already determined how to separate good memories and bad memories . . . in mice.

I am not thrilled about the use of animals in research, and I debated for more than a week whether or not to include the following video in my blog. I eventually decided to share the video because it illustrates the theoretical possibility that good memories can be separated from bad memories. Although no mice were harmed in the making of the following video (which uses cartoon mice), the actual study relies on the behavior of real mice.

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Credits

Thanks to Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu for sharing the results of their research; TEDx Boston for allowing Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu to share the results of their study; Google for helping me find the video; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text in this post.

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