Subsequently, the team weakened the rats synapses and found that they could break the link between the feelings of fear and the optical stimulation. Then, to cap the process off, resumed the original series of pulses and reactivated the feelings of fear and apprehension without any additional electric shocks. The head of the project, Professor Robert Malinow, said that "We can form a memory, erase that memory and we can reactivate it, at will," but don't worry, he's not got any plans for world domination just yet. Instead, he's hoping that his findings will help to counteract the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease -- although we're going to keep a tinfoil hat on standby, just in case.
Source: engadget.com BY DANIEL COOPER