Scientists have developed and successfully implanted brain prosthetics that can improve a person’s short term memory, an advance that may help manage neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer.
Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the University of Southern California (USC) in the US showed that the prosthetic system uses a person’s own memory patterns to facilitate the brain’s ability to encode and recall memory.
In the study published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, participants’ short-term memory performance showed a 35 to 37 per cent improvement over baseline measurements. scientists have been able to identify a patient’s own brain cell code or pattern for memory and, in essence, ‘write in’ that code to make existing memory work better, an important first step in potentially restoring memory loss.
The study focused on improving episodic memory, which is the most common type of memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and head injury.
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