Okay. So this is either really, really cool… or really, really scary. Apparently, researchers over at Uppsala University have been watching one of my favorite movies of all time, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, there is something crazy about that movie ‘coming to life’ via a new scientific method that essentially zaps bad memories from the brain. Crazy, right??? But apparently, the process does have its benefits. Click inside to learn more about today’s That-Ish-Cray Of The Day!
Death and Taxes has the story:
Uppsala University researchers, led by Thomas Ågren, a doctoral candidate at the Department of Psychology under the supervision of Professors Mats Fredrikson and Tomas Furmark, published a study in which they proved newly-formed emotional memories can be erased.
“When a person learns something, a lasting long-term memory is created with the aid of a process of consolidation, which is based on the formation of proteins,” states Ågren in an Uppsala press release. “When we remember something, the memory becomes unstable for a while and is then restabilized by another consolidation process… [b]y disrupting the reconsolidation process that follows upon remembering, we can affect the content of memory.” (Read more about how researchers did it here.)
Ågren emphasizes the positive effects that this type of bio-hacking might potentially have on an individual’s emotional constitution.
‘These findings may be a breakthrough in research on memory and fear. Ultimately the new findings may lead to improved treatment methods for the millions of people in the world who suffer from anxiety issues like phobias, post-traumatic stress, and panic attacks,’ says Thomas Ågren.
Read more here.
Sometimes. Science is just crazy, lol. And it seems like every knew step forward can potentially result in a series of endless– sometimes negative– consequences. For example, this new method may assist those suffering from phobias and PTS (in fact, it’s specifically aimed at erasing fear from the brain) but it could also be used to erase any and all memories, from what I understand. And some people might argue that even a person’s most horrific memories should not be erased or zapped or toyed with at all! So this is really, kind of a big deal.
I’d love to hear what you guys think about this. I’ve got at least 17 memories I could do without (like, seriously) but I don’t know that I’d want them erased for all time. And, if all this turns out anything like Eternal Sunshine it won’t make a difference anyway. The whole point of the movie was that everyone kept falling back in lurve with the very people they erased from their memories! So yeah… maybe these scientists didn’t watch the movie. They should probably watch more movies ;)
Best. Effing. Movie. Ever.