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MIT researchers believe they have made a breakthrough in understanding how memories are formed. They say they've been able to create false memories in mice — apparently making the mice think something happened that did not.

This idea has been the stuff of science fiction novels and movies for decades. The researchers cite the 2004 film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," which was about technology that allowed people to erase traumatic memories.

To find out more, we visited the MIT lab where the research was done and talked with scientist Steven Ramirez and Xu Liu about the message of their work.

This program aired on August 8, 2013.

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