Shining a Light on How We Remember

For an agents of Men in Black , a neuralyzer is standard issue equipment. The “alien technology”, looking a bit like a silver cigar could be used to “isolate the electronic impulses in your brains, more specifically the ones for memory”. The device allowed Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones to simply and safely erase the memory of anyone they want, simply by making them look at a flash of light. The technology is pretty impressive, very useful for MiB agents, but from a science standpoint perhaps a little far-fetched. However, a finding from a new study by researchers based in Japan and the USA bears a surprisingly striking resemblance to this technique. Essentially, by shining a light into the brain of a mouse, the researchers were able to erase…


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