Science vs. Fiction: False Memory Implants

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Veronica Belmont from “Fact or Fictional” joins Anthony to talk about implanting false memories. Is it possible, or will it forever be a thing of science fiction?

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Mice “incepted” with false memories provide insight into neural phenomena

“Researchers at the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics and MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have incepted false memories into mice, potentially illuminating the mechanisms underlying the human phenomenon of “recalling” experiences that never occurred.”

Creating a False Memory in the Hippocampus

“Memories can be unreliable. We created a false memory in mice by optogenetically manipulating memory engram-bearing cells in the hippocampus.”

Creating False Memories in Mice

“A mouse associated the negative experience from one box with the positive environment of another.”

MIT Scientists Create False Memories in Mice, Creep Out All Other Species

“Don’t worry, it’ll be a while before people can implant a false memory in your brain.”

Susceptibility to long-term misinformation effect outside of the laboratory

“How often do you answer the question “How do you know?” with “Because I remember”? We rely on memory every day and may assume that it is veridical, especially when memories are vivid and detailed.”

False Memories of Self-Performance Result From Watching Others’ Actions

“Did I turn off the stove, or did I just imagine it? Memory isn’t always reliable.”

Observation Inflation Your Actions Become Mine

“Imagining performing an action can induce false memories of having actually performed it-this is referred to as the imagination-inflation effect.”

But Did You See the Gorilla? The Problem With Inattentional Blindness

“The most effective cloaking device is the human mind”

The Invisible Gorilla

“Imagine you are asked to watch a short video (above) in which six people-three in white shirts and three in black shirts-pass basketballs around.”

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31 comments

Agustin Marinovic August 3, 2013 - 10:54 AM

i prefer that you explain how this work, rather than discuss and tell someone else

Jett Bakker August 3, 2013 - 7:55 PM

Yeah I was. JK LOL ;)

slang terms August 4, 2013 - 3:33 AM

ANTHONY WHERE DID YOU GET THAT SHIRT?

Lindsey Dawson August 4, 2013 - 6:07 AM

I really do appreciate the information but I just wish the presenters weren't so nonchalant when talking about the soldiers who suffered PTSD. Having false memories while also dealing with actual horrible ones is not really funny, it is sad and difficult.

Salim Jbara August 4, 2013 - 10:57 AM

everyone is thinking the same thing here, Inseption

Rune Dragon August 4, 2013 - 12:40 PM

this one time, i flew. oh wait, i made that up…

NotAlexNoyle August 4, 2013 - 1:37 PM

Veronica Belmont is smart, awesome, and adorable. I love her show "Fact or Fiction" on The Tech Feed channel. Anyone who likes her should check it out.

Israel Melkamu August 4, 2013 - 1:53 PM

guys i have a question. i read this fact thing and it said shocking your brain electrically can increase your math skills is it true?

Dank Matter August 4, 2013 - 7:45 PM

why the hell are there power connectors on his head and not SATA-cables?!

Dr. ISMAT SAIDI August 4, 2013 - 8:53 PM

if you want to increase your math skills, do more math.

Fornik Tsai August 4, 2013 - 9:43 PM

Even without being implanted false memories, real memory errors can happen ……

Israel Melkamu August 4, 2013 - 11:57 PM

i was just curious about the stated fact and wanted to know if it true

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Vivi Lee-Ford August 5, 2013 - 2:14 AM

Poor research animals.. =[

Tony James Gilpin August 5, 2013 - 3:54 AM

I think you look like a sophisticated chicken…

Poodleinacan August 5, 2013 - 9:31 AM

A Belmont?!
It's a relief! We are saved, if Dracula ever comes back to life.

Israel Melkamu August 5, 2013 - 11:22 AM

we need proof though

Raze Haze August 6, 2013 - 1:25 AM

IS THIS A FALSE MEMORY!!!!!!!!!

antonio rodriguez August 6, 2013 - 4:45 AM

get out of my brain

SkittleDash August 12, 2013 - 10:21 PM

yes, it is not.

Steph Owens August 13, 2013 - 3:57 PM

I don't think it's ever really safe to test that theory…shock treatment can bring on a ton of mental issues – it's happened in my own family.

Disatiere August 17, 2013 - 6:58 AM

the game called Remember me, is about memories

vgamesx1 August 20, 2013 - 12:53 PM

now.. I want to know everything about everything! upload it to my brain now!

Christopher Paine August 21, 2013 - 1:13 PM

I've never seen a chicken wave its hands around… Can you guess why?

ReinhardtBot August 22, 2013 - 4:50 AM

With the new discovery of DNA hard rives would it be possible to upload the information of say nuclear physics and direct that DNA to the memory part of the brain and the person being able to now understand and remember nuclear physics

Doctor Flux September 16, 2013 - 2:14 AM

if we can download info into our minds
i can only say: good bye school xD we can just learn stuff by download it

ChAiNxBlAzE September 28, 2013 - 2:07 AM

Sorry that you DONT READ.

Darren Luke April 20, 2014 - 9:29 PM

I am not sure if the low IQ gets false memories or if they are just scared of looking stupid for not remembering something they should so they go along with it.  

Kinda like in Terminator when he asks the gun shop owner for a "Phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range" and the gun owner just says "Just what you see" instead of "What????!!! are you some kind of crazy idiot, there is not such thing!!!"

I had a boss at a high tech company who wanted the techs to talk to the customers just over their comprehension level.  That way, they won't challenge you for fear of being stupid.  But not so far above their comprehension that they just don't want to talk to you.

sonicdoor June 15, 2014 - 8:12 AM

What about Dollhouse? Is it possible to wipe someone clean, then completely build them up again with false memories.

Zane Drummond December 12, 2014 - 3:53 AM

These "studies" prove some pretty basic shit. You dont remember things you werent paying attention to. Duh. If you put a mouse in a box, make it happy, switch boxes and the poke it and zap its feet, its gonna want to gwt outta there. DUH. Come on science.

Mac Kizzer October 31, 2020 - 12:10 PM

RNA/DNA, gene alterations. Who knows???