Shock Those Embarrassing Or Sad Thoughts From Your Mind
Everyone of us, whether we like to admit it or not, have done something in the past that we wish we could forget. What is worse than being constantly reminded of one of those ridiculous or depressing moments that have defined your past? Not much right, but things may finally be turning in our favour.
Nature Neuroscience has recently reported that electric shock therapy, along with induced seizures, can help the human remove some of those memories we won’t really miss. Neuroscientists in the Netherlands found that through strategically timed electric shock therapy, it is possibly to rid the brain of those unpleasant moments from the past.
Perfectly timed electric shock therapy is all it takes
The findings rely heavily on a theory known as memory consolidation. Under which, it is understood that memories are picked out from a mental information bank, when they are accessed or when they are re-written over time onto the brain’s circuits. Tests have shown that if memories are re-consolidated, it could make them liable to damage and possible destruction.
Scientists in the Netherlands used 42 patients to test out the theory. Everyone of them was shown two slides. One showed an image of a car accident, the other an assault. A little while later, these patients were asked to recall any one of the slides, this began the re-writing process as part of memory consolidation. And it was at this moment the brains were electrocuted, and after a few days these patients no longer had the ability.
While the scientists have stated the process is not for everyone, it is hoped that this is only the start of a new discovery which will open the door researching and showing-off other of other solutions for memory consolidation.