[ExI] Even better memory modification
anders at aleph.se
Thu Aug 28 08:56:42 UTC 2014
Neat Nature paper where they use optogenetics to flip the emotional valence of a location:http://www.wired.com/2014/08/scientists-turn-bad-mice-memories-into-goodhttp://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13725.html
This is separate from the earlier reconsolidation experiments that can destabilize memory traces or change their content. Those experiments are pretty interesting, although it is chillingly easy to induce false memories without any biomedical tools - just a bit of psychology. At least you notice when you get kinase inhibitors or fibre optics in your skull.
Of course, I was writing about it *years* ago (the academic smugly said):http://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/normativity-of-memory-modification.pdf
Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University
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