Documenting the Coming Singularity

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Seeing a memory form

Editor's note: As neuroscience and imaging techniques continue to improve, the mind/brain connection becomes more and more clear. There are still many people who will stubbornly believe that mind can exist outside the brain, in spite of the fact that there has never been a scrap of evidence to positively support the idea, and despite the continuous stream of discovery demonstrating that every operation of the mind can be shown to originate from and be completely explained by operation of the brain. Which brings us to this article...

msnbc - June 26, 2009, by Clara Moskowitz

The increase in green fluorescence, right, shows the imaging of protein synthesis at synapses when memories are made. MARTIN ET. AL

For the first time, an image of a memory being made at the cellular level has been captured by scientists.

The image shows that proteins are created at connections between brain cells when a long-term memory is formed. Neuroscientists had suspected as much, but hadn't been able to see it happening until now.

The experiment also revealed some surprising aspects of memory formation, which remains a somewhat mysterious process.

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