PhD student in the laboratory of Susumu Tonegawa. Steve’s research combines transgenic and optogenetic technologies to reveal the neural mechanisms underlying learning and memory.
November 15, 2015
Let’s talk about ‘Inception’: Christopher Nolan’s least realistic movie up until ‘Interstellar’. While commercially and critically loved, you got the sense watching it that this was something to suspend your disbelief for; that this world of shared dreaming, dreams within dreams and implanting false memories surely had no basis in fact or science. But what if we told you Nolan’s half-baked ideas about the fallibility of memory were actually close to how the brain works? What if planting false memories in people was actually the most realistic part about ‘Inception’?
On this bonus episode of The Cracked Podcast, Jack O’Brien is joined by Steve Ramirez, a PhD student at MIT who actually incepted mice! With laser beams! They talk about that experiment and how it will shape the future of treating mental disorders. Jack is then joined by Dr. William Hirst, Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research, to talk about how utterly unreliable our memories are, even when trying to recall the most important moments of our lives.