Friday, September 05, 2008

Recording Memories Using Implated Electrodes

Nifty article in the New York Times on new research recording human memories using electrodes.

I remember my friend working on this project back as an undergrad in 1999, when they recorded the memories of rats as they ran mazes, and showed that rats dream about running mazes. I guess it took 10 years for them to replicate for humans. But I remember being blown away by the idea that you could "see" memories. Back then, a bunch of us were excited about the prospect of recording memories (a la the movie Strange Days), and that neuroscience would be the biggest thing in the 21st century, and the youthful hubris that we could help made it happen.

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