Monday, February 16, 2009

Scientists one step closer to deleting bad memories

Late last year, scientist were able to "delete" bad memories from the minds of mice (the memories weren't actually deleted, the mice's brain chemistry was altered at the time of trauma so the bad memory never formed). Now, a group of Dutch scientists have brought modern science one step closer to erasing bad memories from the minds of humans.

According to
an NPR report, when the Dutch team gave test subjects a common blood pressure drug (propranolol) when bad memories were recalled, the anxieties associated with the memory seemed to have disappeared. So, again, the bad memory isn't deleted. But the anxiety associated with it is. Still, this is a pretty extraordinary development.

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