While under the assumption that certain scientists at MIT enjoyed sci-fi films, came a discovery through experimentation, that is actually a breakthrough. By using mice as test subjects, the MIT scientists were able to abuse the special condition of false memory syndrome: in which the brain concocts recollections of events that have never happened. Simple by manipulating the memory engram-bearing cells in the hippocampus, the research team convinced their mice that they had experienced a shock to their feet — despite that never actually happening.
Further research into the subject will expose what other types of memories can be implemented, and into what other brains that this might be possible, like a human’s. The team’s research paper is available in this month’s Science magazine.