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One pill to block the emotions from bad memories…and another to…?

February 12, 2020
MThomas

We’ve seen this before. Tragic romance framed by sci-fi fantasies. But now it may be possible to block the emotions the amydala associated with painful memories.

(Note: the memories themselves are managed by the hippo campus and aren’t erased, like in the movie.)

But what if the opposite could happen?

Could we conceivably create false memories?

Sure. Happens all the time, actually. Pseudomemories and false memories are easily planted, given time and patience.

It also is greatly strengthened when a friend or relative also says they have the same memory.

I’m running into memory issues with the stories passed down by relatives about the past. Every memory shared leads to more remembered.

Even if the memory doesn’t match the actual event.

Sometimes, though, it’s not just a matter of whether we can separate the memory from the reality.

It’s often more whether we want to make that separation.

Memories are like stories we tell ourselves. They inform who we are and how we relate ourselves to others.

Blocking the emotions that cause pain seems like a good idea. But I wonder if it’s simply opening yet another rabbit hole…

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-51317388

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