Scientists can now make rats wake up on command. In addition, they can also make the rats unconscious. Scientists are able to do this by altering neuron firing rates.

 

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Scientists manipulate consciousness in rats

Scientists showed that they could alter brain activity of rats and either wake them up or put them in an unconscious state by changing the firing rates of neurons in the central thalamus, a region known to regulate arousal. The study, published in …and more » Read the article

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