THOMAS HAINMÜLLER, MARLENE BARTOS Researchers looked into the brains of live mice experiencing a virtual environment to see how neurons were altered through the process of memory consolidation, according to research published June 6 in Nature.
THOMAS HAINMÜLLER, MARLENE BARTOS
“As the mouse is getting to know its environment, we use a special microscope to look from the outside into its brain and we record the activities of its nerve cells on video,” Thomas Hainmüller, a coauthor on the study, says in a statement. He and his colleague found that the mouse’s location within the game would trigger specific neurons among a group of cells that was engineered to light up when activated. The resulting neural map reflected memories of different areas within the virtual environment.
T. Hainmueller, M. Bartos, “Parallel emergence of stable and dynamic memory engrams in the hippocampus,” Nature, doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0191-2, 2018.