Memories are located deep inside the brain cells

Generally it is considered that the memories are stored in the neurons of the brain but the new research by the scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles may destroy this consideration. This will also help lot to the treatment of the post traumatic pressure disorder, a situation where patient sufferes from painful memories. The location of memory storage has been detected by the scientists. The scientists say that it might be in the brain cells. The PTSD was treated by drug propranolol as it bars protein formation which helps in long-term memory storage. But this treatment was infective if not implemented right after the traumatic incidence. The process of memory reconsolidation, in which when human recalls a memory the connection strengthened and becomes susceptible to adjustment was key point of this research. If propanolol is used during this process scientists can permanently block the memory by wiping it out.

The neurobiologist David Glanzman from the UCLA started studying memory recollection and Aplysia, a sluglike mollusk often used for the investigation of neuroscience. Aplysia was zapped with electric current which symbolized new synapses in the brain. The researchers triggered the shock memory to the neurons in the petri dish and gave a dose of propranolol to them. But the memory came back within 48 hours and the drug became ineffective which may suggest that memory wasn’t stored in the synapse.
Therefore researchers concluded that the memories are alternatively stored in the cell DNA modifications. The further research about memories in deep brain cells can result in the cure for Alzheimer’s disorder.

 

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