Why Are These Mice Hallucinating? Scientists Are in Their Heads
New laser technology appeared to trigger particular images in the brains of lab mice.
Optogenetics takes its next step: switching on just a few neurons makes mice hallucinate. My story for
Scientists planted a specific visual image in the brains of mice. (Coming soon: Netflix beamed directly into your brain?)
You had me at "laser-induced hallucinations."
It takes the stimulation of just two neurons to induce hallucinations in the brains of mice. If that's all, why are we not hallucinating all the time?
3/3 Finally, they had a thoughtful experimental design including “tuned" & “random” populations (plus NEW tuned & random populations to test for generalization, fig 4i).
Why Are These Mice Hallucinating? Scientists Are in Their Heads: New laser technology appeared to trigger particular images in the brains of lab mice. “It’s not like a creature can tell you, ‘Oh, wow, I saw a horizontal bar,’”