The word is ‘Déjà vu’ … the strong sense of feeling that you have previously observed an event or an experience happening at the current moment. In his 2006 flick, actor Denzel Washington played in a crime action thriller movie which centered around this phenomena. But it is a natural phenomena … until now yeah!!
A collaboration research project between Japanese and American scientists reported that they were able to manipulate the memory of a rat to make it believe that a caged environment is uncomfortable. Imagine you go to a new place and walk around the place as if you were already there . But in reality you haven’t set foot in the place; rather it is a fake memory implanted in your mind about the place that made you believe you know the place. This kind of experiment performed by scientists that were able to created an artificial Déjà vu on a rat. The scientists were able to identify and manipulate memory cells of the rat’s brain using light waves to create the fake memory.
Some researchers openly reject application of the technology to a human “unethical” but there are others which believe the technology can be used to treat mentally abnormal patients with false sense of reality. [CNN]