In other words, instead of creating enduring memories in brains, the researchers created short term changing in little pieces of brain tissue in a  glass dish.  Not nearly as exciting, but still interesting.

You see, what they were doing is showing that they could get their little bits of rat brain to form very simple short-term memories, and they could tell that the memories were there in the rat brain tissue. They were actually seeing how the brain changed to form those memories, and that has some real potential.  The better this is understood, the more likely we will be able to understand the changes that destroy memory, say in Alzheimers.

It’s not Total Recall, but it’s pretty neat.

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