News Picks : DARPA gives $40 million to two human-memory projects
Science: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a total of $40 million to two four-year projects, which will develop devices that can monitor and manipulate regions of the brain related to memory formation and storage. Itzhak Fried of UCLA and his colleagues are building on their work that showed that stimulating the entorhinal cortex improves short-term memory storage and recall. Their goal is to produce a computer model of how the entorhinal cortex and the hippocampus create lasting memories from daily experiences. Michael Kahana of the University of Pennsylvania and his colleagues are searching the brain for markers associated with memory storage and recall. They hope to build a device that can detect when memories get corrupted and then repair the damage.