Interanimal "Memory" Transfer: Results from Brain and Liver Homogenates

Science  24 Jul 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3943, pp. 399-402
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3943.399


Sixty mice received either shock or no shock in a shuttle box, or nonspecific stress in another apparatus. Brain and liver homogenates from these animals were then injected into 120 naive recipients, who were all tested in the shuttle box. Subjects receiving brain or liver from shocked or stressed donors had significantly higher latencies than control counterparts. These results are interpreted in terms of stress, rather than a memory transfer hypothesis.