I neglected to mention in the previous post another, and perhaps more promising approach, than an artificial hippocampus is to enhance neurogenesis in the hippocampus. Neurogenesis in the hippocampus is supposed to continue throughout our lifetime, but it is likely that cognitive deficits are due to decreases or stoppages in hippocampal neurogenesis. So restarting and/or enhancing neurogenesis might improve cognitive functioning.
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