News

Scientists Can Implant False Memories

We’ve all seen the movies based on memories. Peering into people’s memories to extract evidence against giant government plots and having their memories wiped to create entirely new identities. We are now one step closer as researchers in Japan have developed a trick to implant false memories, or rather visions, into a person’s brain.

The new technique was created with the hopes that they could use it to create a positive association system, effectively rewriting people’s brains to treat conditions such as depression and autism.

The technique was enforced by asking people to focus on a set of black grated lines while having their brain activity monitored an fMRI machine. Over the course of the experiment people were asked to “try to somehow regulate [their] brain activity”. If their brain activity became “regulated” they would be shown a solid grey circle, instead when their brain activity resembled the same activity as seeing the red colour they created the grey circle, effectively reinforcing the idea that the colour red was the right colour to imagine.

This very same pattern was shown to be effective five months later, with people still associating the grated lines with the colour red. With the associative learning task being reinforced through positive reinforcement, it could be possible to “enhance” memories and senses related to a particular mood or experience, effectively creating false memories for people to recall and act upon.

Gareth Andrews

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

AOC Gaming 24G2SP – 24 Inch FHD Monitor

The AOC 24G2SP's 165 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms MPRT and FreeSync Premium support eliminate…

1 day ago

AOC 24B3HM – 23.8 Inch FHD Monitor

Enjoy excellent picture quality with the FHD resolution and wide viewing angles of the powerful…

1 day ago

CYBERPOWERPC Luxe Gaming PC

System: Intel Core i7-12700KF Processor (12 Cores, [8P @ 3.60GHz-5.00GHz / 4E @ 2.70GHz-3.80GHz], 20…

1 day ago

Lian Li UNI FAN SL-INF 120 ARGB 3 Pack 

A combination of the original UNI FAN SL and AL with a touch of infinity…

1 day ago

Razer Viper V3 HyperSpeed – Wireless Esports Mouse

Made With & Trusted by Pros Tailored for top-tier competition. Developed with esports pros, reshaped…

1 day ago

SaharaGaming SG520 W/O Fan Monochrome Magic ATX Tempered Gaming Case

Enhanced Airflow: Side and bottom air intake mesh panels with dust filters optimize volume airflow…

2 days ago