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okaysteve13299 karma

hey there! As of now, creating memories a la the matrix isn't possible, but i'm an eternal optimist and put no speed limit on scientific innovation

okaysteve13213 karma

fantastic question! bad memories (and good ones) really do leave a kind of physical stamp in the brain, and finding biological markers for them is, imho, a holy grail in neuroscience. we're hoping that by making maps of memories, we can pinpoint key crossroads where bad memories persist and ideally find ways of targeting them too to try to mitigate any resulting pathology!

okaysteve13172 karma

omg i'm les miserables at sudoku so NBD! some of the most potent ways we can make sure our memories are laid down in the brain effectively over time are the two things we're all probs bad at -- having a routine of a good night's sleep and exercise! we're not quite there yet with having a drug like bradley cooper in limitless, but i'm keeping my fingers crossed!

okaysteve13138 karma

oh man it's my pleasure slash it's good to be back! i'm not too familiar on the effects of artificial chemicals on the brain but we do know that chemicals like caffeine, other drugs, and food in general can modulate the brain's activities in all sorts of directions, e.g. being more sleepy or less sleepy, more attentive or more distracted. at the end of the day, we're a rich soup of biochemical cocktails and those we ingest surely have effects throughout the brain and body!

okaysteve13122 karma

to be honest, if i had a fully accurate answer i'd be out of a job! but for now we speculate that memory leaves a kind of physical stamp on the brain that can persist and dynamically change over time. so basically, an experience that leaves a memory in the brain makes brain cells change their connections with one another and their patterns of activity with each other, but this real home-run question hasn't quite been batted out of the park yet!