Secret of NIMH? Memory Implant Boosts Brain Function in Rats

Secret of NIMHThis article reminds me a bit of The Secret of NIMH. Yes, my first awareness of animal experimentation was likely from a(n) Disney animated movie. Benedict Carey writes in the New York Times:

Though still a long way from being tested in humans, the implant demonstrates for the first time that a cognitive function can be improved with a device that mimics the firing patterns of neurons. In recent years neuroscientists have developed implants that allow paralyzed people to move prosthetic limbs or a computer cursor, using their thoughts to activate the machines.

In the new work, being published Friday, researchers at Wake Forest University and the University of Southern California used some of the same techniques to read neural activity. But they translated those signals internally, to improve brain function rather than to activate outside appendages.

“It’s technically very impressive to pull something like this off, given our current level of technology,” said Daryl Kipke, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Michigan who was not involved in the experiment. “We are just scratching the surface when it comes to interacting with the brain, but this experiment shows what’s possible and the great potential of interacting with the brain in this way.”

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23 Comments on "Secret of NIMH? Memory Implant Boosts Brain Function in Rats"

  1. Anonymous | Jun 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm |

    So does piracetam.

    And DMT

  2. JoiquimCouteau | Jun 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm |

    So does piracetam.

    And DMT

  3. Anonymous | Jun 21, 2011 at 12:51 am |

    I’ve always heard that piracetam does not work

  4. Anonymous | Jun 21, 2011 at 12:52 am |

    and….the Secret of NIMH was MGM I think…definitely not Disney style

  5. MoralDrift | Jun 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm |

    and….the Secret of NIMH was MGM I think…definitely not Disney style

    • Thanks, you’re right corrected. The film is a bit dark to be a Disney film, should have known.

    • That’s probably why I liked it. It was a really interesting movie with some serious themes and interesting factions.

  6. Thanks, you’re right corrected. The film is a bit dark to be a Disney film, should have known.

  7. Anonymous | Jun 21, 2011 at 1:09 am |

    A year of taking up to several grams daily with ALCAR suggests otherwise

  8. Anonymous | Jun 21, 2011 at 1:09 am |

    A year of taking up to several grams daily with ALCAR suggests otherwise

  9. Anonymous | Jun 21, 2011 at 1:17 am |

    hmmm I am sincerely interested

  10. Anonymous | Jun 21, 2011 at 2:58 am |

    FDA has been interfering with sales apparently. You can still get it on ebay though

  11. Anonymous | Jun 21, 2011 at 5:10 am |

    http://www.priceplow.com/piracetam-banned
    The prices now are 3-5x what I bought my last 500g bucket for in august ’10.

  12. Anonymous | Jun 21, 2011 at 10:47 am |

    That’s probably why I liked it. It was a really interesting movie with some serious themes and interesting factions.

  13. Try it on republicans, it’s good to test drugs on non-sentient beings as well as intelligent ones.

  14. Try it on republicans, it’s good to test drugs on non-sentient beings as well as intelligent ones.

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