Brain prosthetics show good chances of improving short term memory
Scientists in the United States have developed and successfully implanted brain prosthetics that can improve a person’s short-term memory. This development may help manage neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's.
The prosthetic system uses a person's own memory patterns to facilitate the brain's ability to and recall memory. The short-term memory improved by as much as 37% after the prosthetics were used.
This is the first time that scientists have identified a patient's own brain cell code for memory. This is an important first step in potentially restoring memory loss, say experts.
The study focused on improving memory related to personal experiences. This is the most common type of memory loss in people with Alzheimer's disease, strokes, and head injuries. This means memory that is new and useful for a short period of time.
In the future, scientists hope to help people hold onto specific memories, such as where they live or what their grandchildren look like, when their overall memory begins to fail.