So, researchers have found a way to “edit” the memories of rats. Rats can easily be trained to avoid an electrically charged region of their cages. Then researchers injected a chemical into the rats’ memory centers, and successfully “erased” the memory, so the rats no longer knew to avoid getting shocked.
This brings up the question: can we change our own memories in a similar manner? Could we conveniently be made to forget a traumatic event from childhood or war? Could we add new memories of events that never occurred, artificial memories as vivid as the real thing? The Ledger has exciting speculation about these and other memory manipulations, including an interview with memory expert Barry Gordon.
Are these things really possible? You can read the article, or I’ll give you the answer below the fold.