Nightmare weekend? Don’t worry, removing bad memories is a step closer | Mo Costandi

Nightmare weekend? Don’t worry, removing bad memories is a step closer | Mo Costandi

Nightmare weekend? Don’t worry, removing bad memories is a step closer | Mo Costandi 150 150 icnagency

By: Mo Costandi | Nightmare weekend? Don’t worry, removing bad memories is a step closer | Mo Costandi | Neuroscience | The Guardian

US scientific advances are making the premise of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind more of a reality – goodbye bad and sad times

New research shows that weakening the connections between specific groups of brain cells can prevent the recall of fear memories in mice. The study, published earlier this week in the journal Neuron, has led some – including the study authors themselves – to speculate that this will eventually lead to treatments for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and, inevitably, to news stories mentioning the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in which an estranged couple undergo a procedure to erase memories of each other from their brains.

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