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Animal research

12 - 12 - 2016

A factory for false memories

Our memory can make false recollections. The consequences can be significant when it comes to testimonies on court for example. Studies in humans have shown how easily a mixture of true and false elements can alter a memory unconsciously, and that at every recollection of the memory. Studies in mice have shown that false memories are created during the reconsolidation phase by the simultaneous activation of networks of neurons associated on one side to true memories and on the other to false elements.