Why Are These Mice Hallucinating? Scientists Are in Their Heads

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A mouse exploring one of the custom hologram generators used in the experiments at Stanford. By stimulating particular neurons, scientists were able to make engineered mice see visual patterns that weren’t there.CreditCreditSean Quirin, James Marshel, Cephra Raja, and Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University

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Neurons (shown here in a fluorescence micrograph) can be manipulated with pulses of light.Credit: Dr. Chris Henstridge/Science Photo Library

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