The idea of erasing specific, unhappy memories is definitely a popular topic (think of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but i'm skeptical of the usefulness of such an act.
Monday, November 10, 2008
This article from Science News looks into the idea of the manipulation of memories, specifically in terms of erasing traumatic or uncomfortable memories. The author presents that "careful questioning can alter an eyewitness's recollection during testimony, Eichenbaum says. The new research, which he calls "terrific" and "interesting", shows that careful use of molecular tools can manipulate memories". The researchers seem to have found a method of manipulating chemicals and enzymes that could potentially erase memories, though the research is still shaky.