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Think you’ve got a terrible memory? You don’t know the half of itThink you’ve got a terrible memory? You don’t know the half of it

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Last year, MIT neuroscientists Xu Liu and Steve Ramirez manipulated the memory of a mouse. In a fascinating and mildly troubling breakthrough caused by a laser and the protein channelrhodopsin, they “activated” fear memories in a mouse. The impetus, says Ramirez, was the awful feeling of a break-up, the desire, Eternal Sunshine-style, to erase the […]

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Want to know more about the unreliable nature of memory? Read thisWant to know more about the unreliable nature of memory? Read this

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Elizabeth Loftus studies false memories. As she describes in her TED Talk, The fiction of memory, she has implanted erroneous memories of childhood trauma into adult study subjects as part of her work. She has pinpointed failures in eyewitness testimonies. She’s found that misinformation can reshape taste preferences. And, she’s found that people in stressful […]

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Playing memory games on this week’s TED Radio HourPlaying memory games on this week’s TED Radio Hour

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

How do you keep memories? And how much can you trust those preservations? This week’s TED Radio Hour, “Memory Games,” looks at recollections versus actual experiences, sorts through our tendency to create false memories, and unpacks how we can actually enhance our ability to remember. Forensic psychologist Scott Fraser starts the hour. He is the […]