This Scientist Wants to Steal—and Implant—Memories
MIT's Steve Ramirez aims to wipe out bad memories and has even implanted false memories in mice.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Steve Ramirez tinkers with memories. He has given mice amnesia, and aims to implant false memories—all in the interest of learning how to help people remember and forget.
The National Geographic Channel will examine these and other mysteries of the brain in Breakthrough: Decoding the Brain, airing Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. The episode is directed by Brett Ratner, director of Money Talks, Rush Hour, and Red Dragon, the Silence of the Lambs prequel.
Ramirez, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer as well as a recent MIT PhD who is about to start his own laboratory at Harvard, wants to learn how to “dial up the emotional oomph” of good events and dial down the bad ones to eventually help