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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Non-Invasive Brain Hacking: Sonogenetics

Controlling Memories with Ultrasound

Sonogenetics, the future of memory hacking

Julia Shaw | May 2, 2016

In the last couple of years memory science has really upped its game.
I generally write about social processes that can change our memories, but right now I can’t help but get excited that memory science is getting an incredible new toy to play with. A toy that I believe will revolutionise how we talk about, and deal with, memory.
This not-so-new sounding, but totally-newly-applied, neuroscience toy is ultrasound.

"Sonogenetics is a non-invasive approach to activating neurons in Caenorhabditis elegans." Source:

<more at; related articles and links: ('Sonogenetics' allows brain cells to be controlled by sound waves.
Scientists have used genetically modified worms to show that ultrasound can be used to activate brain, heart and muscle cells from outside the body. September 15, 2015) and (Light switches on the brain. A new technique called optogenetics that uses light to control the activity of nerve cells is ushering in a world of remote-controlled animals, light-regulated genes and wireless brain implants. November 17, 2010)>

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