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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. .. " 

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