Interview on USC hippocampal prosthesis

Posted by Bayle Shanks at 7:50 PM EST

Interview with Ted Berger of USC on their hippocampal prosthetic project in Popular Science magazine

To summarize the most interesting info from the interview:

Berger’s team is trying to make a hippocampal prosthesis (a chip that could be implanted in the hippocampus and help people with damaged hippocampuses). (we’ve mentioned Berger’s team’s efforts before).

He admits that he doesn’t understand how the hippocampus functions in memory, but argues that you may be able to make a prosthesis without this understanding: “A repairman doesn’t need to understand music to fix your broken CD player.”

The first crucial test will be done later this year by Sam Deadwyler at Wake Forest. He will implant the chips in rats, deactivate their hippocampuses with drugs, and see if the prosthetic helps.

2 Responses to “Interview on USC hippocampal prosthesis”

  1. Catharine Says:

    As a person who has had part of their hippocampus removed, I’ve had my eye on Theodore Berger since 2001.
    What’s taking him so long?! :D

  2. neurodudes » Blog Archive » Hippocampal CA1 prosthesis affects memory Says:

    [...] We blogged about this project a few years ago: http://neurodudes.com/2007/04/04/interview-on-usc-hippocampal-prosthetic/ [...]

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