Friday, August 16, 2013
US Brain Project Focuses on Memory Ethics
In Nature: Much about the operational aspects of the brain. The ownership of our own neural data. " ... Unsettling research advances bring neuroethics to the fore. ... " I have been reading Oliver Sack's recent book: Hallucinations, which covers the interrelationship of memory processes and what we commonly call hallucination. Can this be manipulated? " ... The false mouse memories made the ethicists uneasy. By stimulating certain neurons in the hippocampus, Susumu Tonegawa and his colleagues caused mice to recall receiving foot shocks in a setting in which none had occurred1. Tonegawa, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, says that he has no plans to ever implant false memories into humans — the study, published last month, was designed just to offer insight into memory formation. .. "