If you've ever gone through a traumatic event, chances are very good that you remember it in vivid detail. According to research, however, the chances of you remembering less important details—like the song that was on the radio, the food you were eating, or the conversation you were having—are much, much lower. A new study used brain scans to find out why this happens, and the results could enable new treatments for conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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