Scientists Learn How To Erase Memory

Posted by on November 3rd, 2010

Researchers have discovered that they can permanently delete traumatic memories simply by removing a protein from the region of the brain responsible for recalling fear. The research focused on the nerve circuits in the amygdala where they tracked proteins before and after they scared mice with loud sounds.

“This may sound like science fiction, the ability to selectively erase memories,” says Huganir. “But this may one day be applicable for the treatment of debilitating fearful memories in people, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome associated with war, rape or other traumatic events.”

[ via Kotaku]

2 Responses to “Scientists Learn How To Erase Memory”

  1. ITninja Says:

    In reading the article, it looks like they are removing the ability to feel fear (whether on a temporary or permanent basis is a little unclear) to disassociate a memory from the fear and there-by rendering it un-retrievable. While the theory itself sounds a bit shaky (to say the least), it looks like they may have a line on the “Super-Soldier” arch-type that has been in so many Sci-Fi movies over the years. A well trained, fearless soldier that feels no pain. Remove a couple of proteins and give him a ***drug name redacted*** and you’ve got it!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Cant wait til they can erase the memory of EX Husbands!! LMAO