Implants to improve memory can already be used. And they work!

For quite a long time, humanity, studying the brain, trying to find a way to artificially enhance brain activity. The more advanced the science becomes - the more likely it is that such an idea will be successful. For example, recently concluded a project funded by the DARPA, was able to show that the human memory can be enhanced artificially.

Implants to improve memory can already be used. And they work!

As the newspaper writes Journal of Neural Engineering, 15 people participated in the study, which in varying degrees, suffer from memory loss due to epilepsy. Each participant runs in the brain were implanted small neyroimplanty that keeps track of what is happening in the brain during the process of memorization. The tests themselves were pretty simple: people need to look at the image, but after the break correctly identify him among the other four still images. At this time, the scientists recorded brain activity to identify those parts of the brain that are involved in other processes of memory formation. Then came the second phase of the study: subjects have also shown a picture and offered to identify them among the other four, but this time the areas of the brain previously identified stimulated neyroimplantami. The results showed that participants in short-term memory had improved by 37%, and long-term - 35%. As the head of the project, Robert Hampson,

"We were the first to identify the code for memory formation process in the brain, and in fact could burn the code to an existing memory is faster. This is an important step for a potential cure memory loss and an increase in its volume. "

However, despite such encouraging results, talk about the ultimate success of the technology will only be possible after conducting larger studies, because a group of 15 people - not at all indicative of the sample statistics. Nevertheless, improved memory by an average of one-third of all the participants of the experiment is encouraging.