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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  • Anonymous

    So does piracetam.

    And DMT

  • JoiquimCouteau

    So does piracetam.

    And DMT

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always heard that piracetam does not work

  • Anonymous

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

  • MoralDrift

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

    • ralph

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

    • SF2K01

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

  • http://disinfo.com ralph

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    hmmm I am sincerely interested

  • Anonymous

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

  • justagirl
  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Jbar

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

  • Jbar

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

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