Sunday, July 01, 2007

Scientists find drug to banish bad memories

I've posted before about the role of memory circuits in addiction. It looks like there may have been another step forward in research to manage memory reconsolidation. More than a little creepy, but worth keeping an eye on.
It failed to bring Jim Carrey happiness in the award-winning film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but scientists have now developed a way to block and even delete unwanted memories from people's brains.

Researchers have found they can use drugs to wipe away single, specific memories while leaving other memories intact. By injecting an amnesia drug at the right time, when a subject was recalling a particular thought, neuro-scientists discovered they could disrupt the way the memory is stored and even make it disappear.

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