Researchers have succeeded in storing short term memories within segments of isolated brain tissue.
Professor Ben W. Strowbridge and student Robert A. Hyde at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine were experimenting with the storage of memories directly within brain tissue when the breakthrough was made. "This is the first time anyone has found a way to store information over seconds about both temporal sequences and stimulus patterns directly in brain tissue," said Dr Strowbridge. "This paves the way for future research to identify the specific brain circuits that allow us to form short-term memories."
The research could one day lead to advances enabling memories to be implanted directly in to the human brain, a concept explored in films such as 'Total Recall' in which Arnold Schwarzenegger's character undergoes a procedure to have memories of a vacation implanted in to his head.
"Memories are often grouped into two categories: declarative memory, the short and long-term storage of facts like names, places and events; and implicit memory, the type of memory used to learn a skill like playing the piano."
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