In "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet play ex-partners who have had each other erased from their memories in order to keep from reliving their painful shared past. It seems like an overly dramatic reaction, to be perfectly honest. But for those who have suffered from trauma, such as from abuse or war, the desire to erase a memory would be pretty understandable. According to new work in neuropsychology, replacing or enhancing real memories with false ones might actually go a long way towards giving those people peace of mind.
Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
Implanting False Memories
Written by Reuben Westmaas July 13, 2018
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