Deep Brain Stimulation boosts memory


16 Responses to “Deep Brain Stimulation boosts memory”

  1. Wickedashtray says:

    @ #4 NOEN

    LOLOL, dude that was the first thing that popped into My head when I read this. Suffering from depression and addiction just about all of my life up until a few years ago I could very well do without memories of the good old days. Just about all of them would be cringe moments.

  2. MarlboroTestMonkey7 says:

    Instant Funes the Memorious. Viva Borges.

  3. Teckwolf says:

    Being one without many horrible memories of childhood, I think this is fairly awesome. The inserting of electrodes and so forth does sound a bit scary, like any messing around with the brain, but sounds cool nonetheless.

  4. Takuan says:

    excellent, the Department of Fatherland Security hereby classifies this research as Top Secret.

  5. jahknow says:

    A cure for my short-term memory loss? I’ll smoke to that!

  6. certron says:

    Johnny Mnemonic, anybody?

  7. noen says:

    So do you have to keep stimulating the electrodes to get the memory boost? Kind of sounds like it. Anyway, I suffer from depression and “incredibly vivid memories from decades before” are part of the reason. I think I’ll pass on re-living that horror thank you.

  8. Takuan says:

    The Terminal Man

  9. Gilbert Wham says:

    That’s all very well, but where the fuck are my keys? Lil’ help here? Huh? Huh?

  10. mark zero says:

    If only there was a way to do it without implanting electrodes. Dangerous and scary.

  11. Moon says:

    I’m assuming a punch to the head doesn’t qualify as “Deep Brain Stimulation”?? How about porno?

    Maybe there are other ways to get “Deep Brain Stimulation” than having implants stuck in your brain and getting shocked on a regular basis? Please?

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  13. Cheqyr says:

    Have they independently verified that these are *real* memories? It’s possible for the brain to synthesize a plausible-but-false memory even without drugs or electrodes.

  14. Jeff says:

    Cheqyr, so true. As someone who has very vivid dreams, sometimes I’m not always sure if I have a real memory, or a dream memory (is Boing Boing just a dream…there’s no place like home…). And we know how fast the brain can come up with dreams–seconds. If you conbine this ability with realtime stimulation you could have lots of people that suddenly remember things that never happened. The best thing to do is study this procedure. If lots of people remember being abducted by aliens we’ve got our answer.

  15. neurodan says:

    fyi, the link to the paper didn’t work for me. It does if you delete everything after the 9 digit number, though.

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